Dog owners and veterinary technicians in the U.S. are now sharing a little-known but very effective vaccine to fight rabies, with the goal of helping control the disease’s spread in the country.
Veterinary technician Dr. Jennifer Stahl said she had to learn how to treat rabies from the get-go after a dog bite.
“It was very challenging, and I felt like it was not something that I wanted to do, so I went in with the intention of getting it done,” Stahl told The Associated Press in an interview.
Stahl, a veterinary surgeon in the Los Angeles area, was bitten by a Labrador retriever named Dora in May 2016.
She said she took the dog to the vet, but it took her a few days to get the vaccine.
After a month or two, the dog was still displaying symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea and a fever.
Stahl was able to get an injection that helped stop the spread of the virus, but she wasn’t certain if the dog had recovered from the initial bite.
A week later, she got a call from a doctor at an animal hospital in nearby Los Angeles.
The doctor asked her to give the dog an injection of the vaccine, and she did so.
As the dog ate the injection, Stahl noticed the dog would vomit and would scratch its skin.
Dr. Stahls initial plan was to just administer a dose every few hours, but soon she realized that she had a better chance of getting the vaccine through the nose rather than through the mouth.
Instead, Stahll decided to give it to the dog through its mouth.
Dr. Jennifer C. Stålson with her labrador retriever, Dora.
Stalagl and her husband are vaccinating the dogs in the hope of preventing the disease from spreading to other dogs in their care.
A vaccine is injected into the dog’s mouth, and then the vaccine is pushed into the air to make it go into the body of the dog, where it’s administered to other animals, who then receive the vaccine at home.
Stahl said it took two days for the dog vaccine to work and for it to make its way into her dog’s body.
It was too late, she said.
Dora was dead by March, and Stahl has since been unable to get another dog vaccinated.
She said she is working on getting her dog vaccinated as well, though it’s unclear when that might happen.
Because of the lack of testing, veterinarians in the United States aren’t certain how long a vaccine is effective in fighting the virus.
Dr Jennifer C Stahl, veterinarian, Dr. St. Michael’s Hospital, has been vaccinated for rabies.
This picture shows the results of a rabies vaccine given by Dr. Dr. C.C. Stolle.
With the exception of two weeks, she and her colleagues have only had one case of a dog vaccinated with the vaccine since the vaccine was developed in 2014.
Dr Stahl and her team have been working on developing an alternative to the vaccine that doesn’t require the animal to have a specific host, and it’s expected to be ready for use within a year.