Anti-rabies info campaign continues in Baguio City villages

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The Baguio City Veterinary Office (CVO) will continue with its Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign on the anti-rabies vaccination in the barangays towards a rabies-free city.

City Veterinarian 1 Mary Jane Laus Thursday, April 7 said the CVO serviced 5,266 cats and dogs with the anti-rabies vaccine on the first quarter of 2016 or between January and March.

Laus said there was only one rabies case recorded in 2015 and none this year.

Laus added that the anti-rabies vaccination is free in the barangays which will be scheduled but will cost a client PhP60 if the vaccine is administered at the CVO.

The vaccine was given free during the observation of the “Anti-rabies Awareness Month” last March carrying the theme, “End Rabies, Now Na!”

The vaccine will again be given for free in the observance of the “World Rabies Day” on September 28 and on the “World Animal Day” on October 5.

The CVO is targeting 18,000 cats and dogs, to be given the anti-rabies vaccine or 80 percent of the projected number of pets in Baguio City for 2016.

Considering this target, Laus is reminding pet owners to have their cats or dogs vaccinated.

Laus added that the ultimate goal of the CVO is to be able to achieve a rabies-free Philippines by 2020.

Laus said pets should be taken care of through a regular de-worming and grooming to maintain safety in both the pet and the owner.

Laus reminded the public about Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act which prohibits the butchering and selling of dog meat for food. Jojo Lamaria/PNA/