On a Delta flight from Wisconsin to Atlanta, an extra, unwanted passenger boarded the plane – a bat. No one knows if this winged creature was carrying rabies because it escaped after the emergency landing back in Madison, Wisconsin; but all the passengers were at close risk for coming into contact with the deadly disease (The Washington Post).
Rabies, a viral disease transmitted most often through the bite of a wild animal, infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death in humans. According to the article on The Washington Post website “Winged intruder on morning jet prompts rabies concernand belated search for the passengers”, “Bats are the primary source of rabies deaths in the US… thousands of people get shots to prevent rabies after exposure to cats, dogs and other rabid animals.” Is your pet safe?
Unvaccinated dogs and cats exposed to a rabid animal should be euthanized immediately, or placed in strict isolation for 6 months and vaccinated 1 month before being released, according to the CDC. To avoid this and keep your beloved animal out of harm, stay up to date with your pet’s vaccinations.
You can get your pets vaccinated at any Bregman Vet Group Location. Found in four locations, three in Brooklyn and one on Long Island, theBregman Vet Group offers full service veterinary hospitals with an array of care services for your furry friend.
TheCat Hospital, located on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, is a feline only practice that offers a full array of veterinary care for your pet in a quiet, stress free environment. Located on 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Cat Clinic provides feline only veterinary medicine, surgery and boarding in a peaceful setting. The largest facility found in Williamsburg, Brooklyn known as The Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital, offers care for both cats and dogs. And the fourth location, Midbrook Animal Hospital found on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, was the first hospital for the group which opened in 1970. Bring your pet in to any of the four locations to keep them and yourself safe from rabies.