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2016 Marks the 10th World Rabies Day, a Milestone in Rabies Prevention.

cp-dxrawuaa9x8tWorld Rabies Day is this month (WED, SEPTEMBER 28), and if your pet isn’t vaccinated for it yet, there is no better time than now! What is rabies you ask? It is a viral disease that can be transmitted through saliva; commonly a bite or scratch from one infected mammal to another. That’s right, I said “mammal,” not just a dog or cat. Rabies is a zoonotic disease which means that you can get it too.

The virus attacks the Central Nervous System causing severe neurological symptoms, ultimately causing the victim to die. According to the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, Rabies is one of the deadliest diseases on earth, with a 99.9% fatality rate once clinical symptoms appear. Although the fatality rate is high, there is a treatment for humans that works if you get it before symptoms start. It’s called post exposure prophylaxis, otherwise known as PEP. Aggression, drooling, staggering, and seizures are some symptoms that are observed in animals. Rabid wild animals may only exhibit unusual behavior.

Why should you vaccinate your pet for rabies? Every year hundreds of people are forced to do the PEP treatment due to potentially being exposed to rabies, which is costly and stressful. The best way for us to protect our friends and family is to vaccinate our pets since they are most likely to come in contact with wild animals. In every state, the law states every pet owner is to have their pet vaccinated for rabies.

“2016 marks the 10th World Rabies Day, a milestone in rabies prevention. Since it began in 2007, the rabies community have aligned to make World Rabies Day a global phenomenon. In that time, its life-saving rabies prevention messages have reached millions of people in over 100 different countries. This year’s theme is Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.”  – World Health Organization

As a practice, Frontier Village Veterinary Clinic is teaming up with Washington State University (WSU) to raise funds toward helping to eliminate rabies from every country in the world. A portion of the revenue from every rabies vaccination given at our clinic will be donated towards resources and education. The WSU Rabies Vaccination Program team vaccinates an average of 300 dogs each day in east Africa. They visit 180 villages every year in seven districts adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. Because of the program, the vaccination zone – a cordon sanitaire – is rabies free. The goal is to use the rabies-free vaccination zone as a model in other parts of Africa and Asia.

Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate. Celebrate.

  • Post written by Sabrina – Veterinary Assistant at Frontier Village Veterinary Clinic

Pet Insurance… Come One, Come All… Coverage for Your Furry Family Members!

Pet insurance is rapidly becoming a standard for pet owners across the nation. And for a good reason: pet insurance gives some peace of mind to pet owners by providing assistance for unexpected medical costs. These can include diagnostics and treatment for orthopedic and soft tissue injuries, skin conditions and eye or ear issues.

veterinary_pet_insurance1For a crash-course in pet insurance coverage the WSVMA recommends visiting the Pet Insurance University. This is a wonderful resource that allows pet owners to compare policy basics and gives a rundown of what to look for in a policy for your pet.

Like most insurance, coverage varies depending on your carrier regulations and policy types. Office visits are paid for at the time of service and submitted to the pet insurance company for reimbursement. Many carriers allow you to choose your annual deductible. Try out Trupanion’s quick quote feature. VPI/Nationwide has a similar calculator available here. These tools allow you budget a plan that will work best for your pet.

pet-insuranceThere are a few things to consider when shopping for a policy for your pets. Your pet’s age and breed can factor into your monthly cost. Most insurance providers will not cover preexisting conditions, so it’s beneficial to start a policy early in your pet’s life. However, most pet insurance allows for enrollment until 11 to
14 years of age.

Some insurance companies are instating programs for pre-approval of surgical procedures. We recently received notification from Trupanion that one of our canine patients, Rose, was pre-approved for coverage for her surgery to repair a knee condition called medial patellar luxation. This means that once her $250 deductible is met and her 10% copay is paid, the remaining $2151.55 of the estimated cost of the procedure will be covered by her insurance.

And, since it was preapproved, her owners will have expedited payment for this surgery. We recommend pet insurance for all of our patients. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are happy to help!

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Keeping All of Your Sweeties in Mind this Valentine’s Day

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Flowers, candy, balloons, cards–what’s not to love about Valentine’s Day?

It’s a sweet little holiday that makes everyone smile. There are a few things to keep in mind, though, if you have pets in the house.

  • Pets and chocolate don’t mix! Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand in hand and, too often, our pets are eager to share. It’s important to note that different types of chocolate carry different risks depending on how much was consumed and how much your dog or cat weighs. Remember to keep chocolate and other candies well out of reach. Here is a handy reference guide with information about theobromine, the chemical the causes toxicity in dogs and cats.
  • Flowers and plants will brighten your house and brighten your day, but many plant species are poisonous to pets. Common toxic plants include tulips, daffodils, and lilies. Always keep an eye on plants and flowers for signs of chewing and be aware of whether particular plants may be dangerous for your dogs and cats. ASPCA provides a complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants; you can check here if you have questions about what is in your bouquet.
  • Chocolate isn’t the only food to look out for. Many candies, cookies, and chewing gums contain xylitol. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener which is toxic to pets. Rich, high-fat foods can also pose a problem for our furry friends, causing gastrointestinal problems or even pancreatitis. Many other foods, such as grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, and vegetables from the onion family pose their own problems as they can be poisonous when consumed. It always a good idea to keep food meant for people away from dogs and cats.


There are a number of resources out there to help you identify holiday dangers for your pets. If you are suspicious that your pet may have been exposed to something toxic, don’t hesitate to call our team at 425.334.8585 or one of the resources listed below. 

Pet Poison Helpline 1-855-764-7661 or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-426-4435.    

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