By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – In line with the culmination of National Rabies Awareness Month in March, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) here is stressing the importance of responsible pet ownership in rabies prevention.
PVO officer Erlinda Vilan explained in a briefing with members of Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) today that the animal resistance to rabies virus is weak during summer season, which is why it is important for pet owners to take care of their pets and have them vaccinated annually.
Vilan encouraged the public to go to the city veterinary offices or municipal agriculture offices in their localities for pet vaccination, deworming, and mineral supplementation.
R.A. 9482 also urges people to be responsible pet owners by providing their pet dogs with proper grooming, adequate food and clean shelter to prevent their dogs from acquiring rabies virus.
The official also said pet owners should register their pets for proper documentation.
There are Bantay Rabies Task Force in some barangays and pet owners can also go to them to register their pets.
Meanwhile, PVO has vaccinated 6,909 dogs between January to February this year.
There are two positive cases of animal rabies recorded during the first two months of the year in Bais City and Sibulan town, Vilan said.
However, Vilan said the number of rabies cases in Negros Oriental continues to decrease from 12 cases in 2014 to four cases in 2015.
Aside from this, PVO was also able to vaccinate 8,606 animals last year.
Vilan said the PVO continues to intensify its rabies eradication program in the province through its rabies caravan activities in different cities and municipalities in the province which include free clinic, free spay and neuter, animal welfare missions, seminars and symposium for pet owners.
She underscored that PVO will continue to conduct mass vaccination
“Our campaign for rabies eradication is continuous. We conduct mass vaccination activities in different places so we can provide service to many people,” she concluded. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on April 1, 2016)