LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- The Provincial Veterinary Office here is trying to take control of dog and cat population as it carries out neutering this whole month in line with September 28 as World Rabies Day and the country’s goal of achieving rabies- free by year 2020.
Neutering is the removal of reproductive organs of animals - castration for the removal of the male’s testicles while spaying for the removal of the female’s uterus and ovaries.
Chief of the Provincial Veterinary Office Dr. Miriam Tiongan said neutering is one strategy adopted in the elimination of rabies especially among stray dogs and cats with uncontrolled population as they breed unceasingly. As their number increase, many end up unwanted and homeless and are likewise subject to cruelty. They are also vulnerable in acquiring rabies disease as they come in contact with any of their kind in the neighborhood which may be infected.
A neutered dog or cat is more content and very much disinclined to roam, bite, scratch, fight or mark territory, Tiongan said. She added that subjecting them to such kind of procedure will also inculcate responsible pet ownership.
Some local government units were already done with the neutering of dogs in order to minimize if not eliminate rabies disease. The remaining schedules are in Philex in Tuba on September 26, and La Trinidad Municipal Gym on September 29.
Private practitioners in Baguio, Benguet and Manila including technical expertise of the PVO and the Benguet State University are tapped to do the necessary procedures in this project funded by the Department of Health.
Apart from controlling dog and cat population, Tiongan said they are into several schemes in rabies elimination such as information education campaign, anti-rabies vaccination, continuing active and passive animal disease surveillance, and the passage of local ordinance supporting animal and human rabies prevention and control. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)