A Rise In Rabies Cases Reminds Us Why It’s Crucial To Vaccinate Your Pet


imagesIn the first three months of this year, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed rabies in three wild animals and five pet dogs and cats. “Rabies is a lethal disease, and the best way to protect your pets is to vaccinate,” said Charlie Hatcher, DVM, state veterinarian with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “With an uptick of rabies cases in Tennessee, now is the time to make sure your animals are up-to-date.”

It’s also a Tennessee state law that all cats and dogs must be up to date on rabies vaccinations, and that owners are able to provide updated records. The vaccination is safe and effective and can be obtained for only $10 at PetWellClinic® in Knoxville and Alcoa. The simple, affordable vaccination is a small price to pay to protect your pet — and your family — from exposure to rabies.

Your pets may be exposed to rabies from rabid animals such as raccoons, skunks, or bats. In March of this year, two dogs in Middle Tennessee died from rabies after being infected by skunks. The Tennessee Department of Health advises people not to feed or handle wild animals, and to contact your local animal control agency if a wild or stray domestic animal seems sick or acts strangely. Bats in particular should not be handled.

People who suspect they may have come into contact with the rabies virus, either through a bite or saliva from an infected animal, should immediately wash the area for at least five minutes with soap and water. They should then seek medical care and treatment guidance from a healthcare professional. For more information about rabies, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies/.

PetWellClinic® in Knoxville and Alcoa offer rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs for just $10.

By operating limited hours for non-surgical care, PetWellClinic® is able to offer substantially discounted prices for vaccinations such as rabies, preventative products, wellness exams, and treatment of minor conditions. Think of us as a “minute clinic” for your pet—no appointment necessary, with quick in and out service. You can save even more time by pre-registering and pre-paying online for walk-in hours.

PetWellClinic® has three locations: 10549 Kingston Pike, Knoxville; 7329 Kingston Pike, Knoxville; and 228 S. Calderwood Street in Alcoa. Learn more about how PetWellClinic® can exceed your expectations for affordable, top quality pet care by visiting our website at www.petwellclinic.com.


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