Rabies Updates

Please view rabies cases below by each month

With the increasingly high positive cases of rabies in dogs, we would like to make you aware of the symptoms of rabies and what to look out for, particularly when dealing with what may appear to be a stray dog.

The dog may have very weak hindquarters and it would appear to have" been hit by a car". The other symptom is the slack or locked open jaw and a person may think that there is a "bone lodged in the throat". The dog also makes awful howling/crowing noises and tries to bite at imaginary objects or wire fences.

Should you come across a dog that is displaying any of these symptoms, please DO NOT attempt to approach it yourself. Call a suitable qualified person who will be able to remove the animal and handle it correctly. Such as the Traffic Nuisance Officer, State Vet technician, SAPS

All dogs and cats need to be vaccinated twice in their first year and thereafter once every year in K.Z.N. This is compulsory by Law. Most other provinces only vaccinate every 3 years. Please make sure, if you are coming into K.Z.N, that your animals rabies vaccinations are up to date -

It is your responsibility
Rabies is a killer disease that is also transmitted to humans and must never be taken lightly.
There is a hefty fine for having an un-vaccinated dog or cat in Empangeni and Richards Bay (uMhlathuze) applicable in terms of our municipal by-laws. R1500.00 for an un-vaccinated animal!!

All people who have been in contact with rabid dogs will have to undergo anti-rabies treatment at the community clinic. They will have to have 5 vaccinations each over a 28 day period. All of this at a very costly price to the tax payer who "foots the bill".

If every person who owned an animal was responsible enough to see that their pet was vaccinated, once every year without fail, we would not be sitting with the unacceptably high positive cases of rabies that we have within our community.

The majority of positive cases come from ordinary "domestic pets" whose owner's failed in their duty to see that their dogs were vaccinated.

There is NO excuse for not vaccinating your pet.
You can have your animal vaccinated at the SPCA in Empangeni throughout the year between 8 - 1 pm weekdays and 9 - 12 Saturdays. It is your responsibility to bring the animal to us - Not ours to go to you. Do to our workload, at the kennels as well as complaints to deal with, we are unable to do callouts for rabies vaccinations.

Rabies is a state function and not the SPCA's
Any person who has been in contact with a suspected rabid animal must please go to their nearest community health facility, clinic or government hospital for free treatment.

If you choose to go to a private hospital or private doctor for treatment, you will have to pay for it yourself. Some medical aids do pay but you will need to get authorization first.

Monday, 28 January 2013 20:39

Rabies - January 2013

Saturday, 25 June 2011 12:48

June 2011

Thursday, 07 April 2011 16:36

April 2011

Monday, 07 March 2011 15:12

March 2011

Saturday, 05 February 2011 15:30

February 2011

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 13:06

January 2011

Thursday, 02 December 2010 21:45

November/December 2010/January 2011

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 21:20

September 2010

Saturday, 04 September 2010 22:43

August 2010

Saturday, 08 May 2010 11:46

April 2010

Saturday, 16 January 2010 21:16

January 2010

Monday, 19 October 2009 17:12

October 2009

Thursday, 27 August 2009 16:38

August 2009

Saturday, 11 July 2009 11:26

July 2009

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 17:51

June 2009

Thursday, 16 April 2009 23:09

April 2009

Saturday, 28 February 2009 16:20

March 2009

Monday, 09 February 2009 17:41

February 2009

Thursday, 01 January 2009 14:03

January 2009

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