Awareness message for people concerned about adopting dogs from areas where rabies is present.

Awareness message for people concerned about adopting dogs from areas where rabies is present.

PIJAC Canada has received the following message regarding the adoption of dogs from areas where rabies is present. You can consult the following flyers for more information: Northern Dogs Flyer and Northern Quebec Dogs Adoption Notice.

Please note: the following message is a translation from the original French version you can find here: https://bit.ly/3zoIV7Y

 

From: MAPAQ ” A Healthy Thought ” <unesantebienpensee@mapaq.gouv.qc.ca>
Sent: June 2, 2021 10:18 AM
Subject: Awareness message for people concerned about adopting dogs from areas where rabies is present

 

Dear Partners,

We wish to inform you that in the spring of 2021, we diagnosed two foxes and one dog with rabies in Nunavik.

We would like to remind you of the importance of informing your staff and those interested in adopting dogs from rabies endemic regions.

A notice to this effect is now available in a printable electronic version (attached Northern Dogs Brochure as well as the Northern Quebec Dog Adoption Notice in French and English versions).

In this notice, you will find the information listed as an example below:

Adoption is not without risk.
An apparently healthy dog can develop symptoms of rabies up to 6 months after being infected.
Dogs can transmit rabies even before they show signs of the disease.
The existence of our website for information.

We have very effective rabies vaccines and people rely on them a lot.

Unfortunately, a vaccine given to a dog that already has the disease will not prevent it from developing and spreading weeks or months later. This is why the best protection remains vigilance for a period of 6 months.

We invite you to relay these documents to your contacts.

We thank you for your collaboration

Do not hesitate to contact us if needed.

 

Central reporting unit for rabies management
Animal Health Branch
Animal Health and Food Inspection Sub-ministry
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Telephone: 1-844-ANIMAUX (1-844-264-6289)
animaux@mapaq.gouv.qc.ca

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