Rabies is a lethal disease that is endemic in most parts of the world. Only a few countries are considered Rabies free. Australia is fortunately one such country. This means that for animals being bought into or taken out of Australia there are important facts that must be addressed.
Here at the Ascot Veterinary Surgery all our veterinary staff is qualified to give advice on the medical procedures neccessary to take your favourite companion overseas and get them back safely. Rabies is considered universally fatal to unvaccinated animals or people. Fortunately in people that are aware they have been bitten it is possible to get post exposure vaccinations.
Rabies can affect almost all warm blooded animals. Rabies has a extremely long and varied incubation period. One child was suggested that the incubation period was around 6 years before she died from the virus.
Dogs account for 99% of all human rabies deaths. Urban Rabies (the subtype that affects dogs) is the sole cycle in South East Asia, and is the dominant cycle in Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. Dogs are the host and while they may infect other species these species do not spread the disease but will die.
There are other subtypes of rabies that can cycle in other host such as skunks, foxes, racoons and bats, the urban form is most important for Australia. In Australia in most cases it is uneccessary to vaccinate for Rabies. Most veterinarians cannot legally obtain Rabies Vaccine. Australia Quarantine maintains a register of authorized veterinarians who can administer the rabies vaccine, mainly to animals travelling overseas.
If you are planning such a trip it is advised you contact a AQIS registered veterinarian such as those at the Ascot Veterinary Surgery to obtain information regarging preparing your pet for transport.
For large numbers of animals we can provide siginificant discounts to testing and vaccination.