As a public service, veterinarians from Central Veterinary Associates, P.C. came to Pet Works in Lawrence to provide free rabies vaccinations for pets on May 22. More than 100 pets were vaccinated. Central Veterinary Associates, P.C. urged pet owners to have their pets vaccinated for rabies, not only to ensure their pet’s health, but because it is mandated by New York State law.
According to the Mayo Clinic, rabies is a deadly virus that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected animal. The most recent case of rabies on Long Island was discovered in January 2009 when a raccoon was confirmed to have the virus. Last year, the New York City Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Diseases confirmed two cases of rabies in Queens County: a raccoon on September 28, 2010 off the Cross Island Parkway and an opossum on October 15, 2010 on the corner of 54th Avenue and Justice Avenue.
The signs or symptoms of rabies are not detected until the disease is in its later stages, often days before death. Signs and symptoms may include fever, headache, agitation, anxiety, confusion, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, hydrophobia (fear of water) because of the difficulty in swallowing, hallucinations, insomnia and partial paralysis.
“We are attempting to eradicate this dangerous disease that is deadly to both animals and humans,” said Dr. Steven Fox, President/Chief Executive Officer, Central Veterinary Associates. “It is important that your pet be vaccinated for rabies, not just for your pet’s health but because it is required under New York State law. We would like to thank Pet Works for giving us the opportunity to provide free vaccines for these animals.”
Those who had their pets vaccinated received a tag to place on their pet’s collar, indicating their pet has received the vaccine. They also received discount coupons for services from Central Veterinary Associates and for products from Pet Works. They also had the opportunity to meet with a dog trainer to discuss their pet’s behavior and have their pet’s picture taken by a professional pet photographer.
Dr. John Charos (second from left) and Dr. Steven Fox (second from right), Practitioners of Veterinary Medicine, Central Veterinary Associates, P.C., administer a rabies vaccine to Bruce, a St. Bernard, while being assisted by Greg Vergaray (left), Doctor’s Assistant, Central Veterinary Associates. Also pictured: Bernard Buskey of Far Rockaway (right), the pet’s owner.