DA-CAR holds annual rabies drive with key partners

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The Department of Agriculture – CAR (DA-CAR), in partnership with ABS-CBN, continued their fight against rabies during their annual rabies drive on March 10.

During the event, the DA together with the City Veterinary Office (CVO)-Baguio, Benguet Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), Benguet State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and the private sector gave out free pet services to the public.

A total of 350 dogs and cats were vaccinated and dewormed. Pet owners were also given free pet consultation, grooming, and pet shampoo and soap. Information materials regarding rabies were distributed too.

Another highlight of the activity was the pet obedience training demonstrated by Mr. Rio Asbucan, a member of the Cordillera Canine Club. He also presented some tricks on how to give agility training for pets.

“It is best to hold a session when your pet is in the mood. The technique is to hype up and then tone down the energy of the pet.  Giving rewards, such as treats or toys, is a part of training,” Asbucan said.

March is Anti-rabies Month and this year’s theme is “Rabies Iwasan, Alaga’y Pabakunahan”. This national campaign aims to eradicate the disease by 2020.

Three-month old pets can be given anti-rabies shots then a yearly vaccination is required as a booster.

Dr. Ofelia Pacio, Veterinarian I from DA-CAR, stated that rabies is 100% fatal but 100% preventable through vaccination.

“Getting anti-rabies shots does not only protect your pets from the disease but you as well. Making sure that your pets are well taken care of is a part of you being a responsible pet owner,” she said.

Another anti-rabies drive will be held in Apayao on March 27-29. Aside from free anti-rabies vaccines, there will also be pet consultations, a seminar, and a dog walk on the said dates.

Free vaccinations can be availed this March at your respective CVO, PVO, or Municipal Agriculturist Office, while the service is available whole-year round at the DA-CAR Office.

By Ayra Galanza

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