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Happy Pets Veterinary Center

27550 Newhall Ranch Rd.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 295-9972
(888) 769-1013 Fax

On the corner of Newhall Ranch Rd. and Dickason Dr./Ave. Tibbits,
just across from Eggs n' Things


Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9pm - 8 pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday CLOSED

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The Agonizing Effects of Rabies

Rabies is ultimately fatal, and the law requires that you vaccinate your pets against this highly contagious disease. Contracted by saliva, this viral disease can be spread to humans as well as anyone or anything that the cat or dog bites. The infection spreads through the nerve tissue and eventually into the brain. An animal with rabies will be stiff and unable to swallow in the early stages of the disease. Towards the end, the animal becomes sensitive to noise and movement and will often strike out to attack anything that moves in its path.

If you live in a wooded or mountainous area or in a part of town with a high population of bats, foxes, raccoons, skunks, or coyotes, there is a higher chance that your cat or dog can become infected without proper vaccination. Once infected, however, it's too late. There is no cure for rabies in cats or dogs – just remember that a simple measure of responsible pet ownership goes a long way.

The Rabies vaccine is initially administered to puppies and kittens at 16 weeks of age, when their mother’s immunity acquired through her milk wears off, and the puppy or kitten’s immunity kicks in. The Rabies vaccine is then boostered 1 year later, as a three-year booster for the rest of the dog or cat’s life.

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