DOH urges pet owners: Be responsible, have your pets vaccinated

September 29, 2015 5:24 am 

MANILA, Sept. 28 — The Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday all pet owners should follow the concept of responsible pet ownership in line with the celebration of the World Rabies Day.

According to DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee-Suy, it is important that pet owners know their corresponding responsibilities in terms of taking care of their pets properly.

“Part of such responsibilities is ensuring that their pets are vaccinated. It starts from there. If they (the pets) are protected, if they are vaccinated from rabies, the humans will be protected,” Dr. Lee-Suy said.

He added that if there are pets that are not vaccinated and exposed to other animals with rabies, there are chances that they can spread rabies infections.

Among the other responsibilities of pet owners are:

* Submission of their dogs for mandatory registration.

* Maintaining control over their dogs and not allowing them to roam the streets or any public place without a leash.

* Providing their dog with proper grooming, adequate food and clean shelter.

* Within 24 hours, report immediately any dog biting incident to the concerned officials for investigation or for any appropriate action and place such dog under observation by a government or private veterinarian.

* Assisting the dog bite victim immediately and shouldering the medical expenses incurred and other incidental costs relative to the victim’s injuries.

The passage of Republic Act No. 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 pushed for collaborative efforts of government agencies, local government units (LGUs) and private stakeholders in the control and elimination of human and animal rabies, prescribing penalties for violations and appropriating funds thereof. (PNA)

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