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World Rabies Day: September 28
Pet Care & Health

World Rabies Day: September 28

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
7 months ago

According to the CDC, World Rabies Day is recognized on September 28th and is a global health observance day that started in 20073. The goal of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness regarding rabies and bring prevention efforts forth worldwide.  

Rabies is a preventable disease, but unfortunately, it is not always taken seriously in most cases until it’s too late. World Rabies Day provides us with the opportunity to educate and encourage vaccination to prevent the condition.   

As a pet parent, it is important to always keep your pet’s health and safety in mind. Keep reading as we discuss the importance of vaccinating your pets and some important factors to watch for and consider when keeping your pets safe from rabies.   

Visit Your Veterinarian Regularly  

Visiting your veterinarian regularly to remain up to date on vaccinations for your cat and dog is critical. Even with the vaccination, keeping an eye on your pets can help reduce the risk of rabies.

Additionally, spaying and neutering  your pet can help to reduce the number of animals who are not cared for properly or vaccinated as they should be.  

Wildlife is More Susceptible  

We know wildlife is more susceptible to rabies, but contact with wildlife is always a possibility and a likelihood for both pets and humans. Humans and pets can both be affected by this disease if not handled with care and safety.  

When out and about with your pet, it is important to always pay attention to your surroundings and to always watch your pet as you never know what your furry friend may get into. 

Don’t Be Fooled  

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA4) has a phrase that reads “But don’t be fooled… It’s just as deadly. Rabies kills, and even indoor pets are at risk.”

This is an important reminder for all pet parents regarding the extreme dangers of rabies. Rabies can impact all pets lives – even those that spend their time indoors. Your pet could easily contract rabies without vaccination if she or her meets any rabid animal.  There are several suggestions the American Veterinary Medical Association emphasizes including:   

  • Vaccinate your dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, and other livestock against rabies. 
  • Don’t allow your pet to roam free. Keep a close eye to ensure his or her safety. 
  • Bat-proof your home. 
  • Don’t leave food or garbage outside as it attracts wild animals to your home. 
  • Don’t keep wild animals as pets. 
  • Don’t attempt to touch a wild animal. 

Get Vaccinated Against Rabies  

If you are reading this and you have a pet that is not yet vaccinated, call your vet today to schedule an appointment so your pet can get vaccinated and stay safe and healthy. 

Here at PetFirst1, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. PetFirst Pet Insurancecan help cover unexpected vet visits2 and can provide peace of mind. PetFirst Pet Insurance1 has cat and dog insurance policies2 to fit every budget. 

Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today. 


1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC. 

2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. 



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