The number of vaccinated dogs in Misamis Oriental reaches 13,671 as the mass anti-rabies campaign of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) since February 2017 continues.
Dr. Benjamin Resma said the program is part of Governor Bambi Emano’s directives to really ensure that the residents of the province are free from rabies or any killer viruses.
In Opol town, there were at least 1,815 dogs vaccinated; 1,800 in Balingasag; 302 in Binuangan; 216 in Lugait, and hundreds others in the rest of the municipalities and two cities in Misamis Oriental.
Aside from the vaccination, the PVO also conducted and continuously conducting education campaign in several schools in the province particularly to the Grades 5 and 6 students on responsible pet ownership and the what-to-dos when bitten by dogs.
According to Janesse Bernas, Nurse II of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), dog bite victims should be immediately rushed to the nearest Animal Bite Centers or in any hospitals for treatment. She clarified that the anti-rabies vaccine is free at public hospitals.
Bernas added that pet owners should bear in mind that they have big responsibility over their pets that will not harm others.
One of the signs that pets have high risk of rabies is their change of attitude towards their owners; less food and water appetite and very aggressive.
Pets must drink plenty of water especially this hot season to avoid unusual behavior towards people. (PIO)