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Rash of rabies in north GA neighborhood, vaccinations urged

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Dr. Hunkele gives a rabies vaccine to her cat Shirley Dr. Hunkele gives a rabies vaccine to her cat Shirley
Cat owner Carolyn Hatcher Cat owner Carolyn Hatcher
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

This week a north Georgia neighborhood is in quarantine after a case of rabies hit the area. Its the ninth time this year that officials have had to deal with the problem. 


Dr. Lois Hunkele of Westover Animal Hospital feels the easiest and best thing to do is to start early with vaccinations, especially now that its summer when more pets and people will be outdoors. 

Hunkele says because many us live in areas where wildlife is common to encounter we need to be more vigilant. That means keeping up with pet appointments, it could take months before symptoms begin to show, such as loss of appetite or seizures.

It's at this time when the disease can be passed on through their saliva, bite or scratch. Dr. Hunkele says its important to never let vaccinations lapse and to always stay away from wild animals.

Albany resident and cat owner Carolyn Hatcher feels its vital to pays attention to a pet's health because you never know what is lurking in your yard. 

That could be anything from foxes to the common raccoon digging in your garbage can. Vets say getting vaccines not only helps keep your pet safe but your family as well, if untreated it can be fatal. 


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