Baguio residents brought their pets to receive free several vet services on April 13, 2018 at the Peoples Park, Baguio City.

The Department of Agriculture - Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) in collaboration with the Baguio City Veterinary Office, Department of Health (DOH-CAR), the private sector, and ABS-CBN as the official media partner, gave out free anti-rabies vaccinations, deworming, and pet consultation. After completing the round of services, each pet were also given a free soap and a scarf indicating that they are vaccinated.

A total of 140 dogs and cats were vaccinated and dewormed.

Dr. Cecilia Capuyan, Veterinarian II of DA-CAR, says that this activity is in support to the Rabies Prevention & Control Program of the Philippines which aims to rid the country of the deadly virus by 2020. Rabies is 100% deadly but also 100% preventable through vaccinations.

A video was also being played and brochures were given out containing information about rabies.

According to DOH, if bitten, the wound must be washed with soap and running water then immediately proceed to the nearest Animal Biting Treatment Center (ABTC) and seek medical attention.

The biting animal must be leashed and confined during the 14-day observation period. If it dies within that time, a sample should be sent to the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) located in the Baguio Stock Farm, Greenvalley, Baguio City for testing. Laboratory services are free until 2020. In the case that the biting animal lives, it should be vaccinated if it has not received its rabies shot yet.

Statistics from the RADDL showed that as of April, 16 rabies cases was monitored in the Cordillera. Six in Ifugao, Four in Kalinga, three in Apayao, and one each for Mountain Province, Abra, and Baguio City.//Ayra Galanza