Rabies remains a concern in India. According to a 2008 study by Rozario Menezes MD Chief Medical Officer (retired) Mormugao Port Authority Consultant, Pediatrics Dr. M.M. Mesquita Hospital Vasco-da-Gama, India published in the National Centre of Biotechnology Information, USA, “Most animal bites in India (91.5%) are by dogs, of which about 60% are strays and 40% pets. The incidence of animal bites is 17.4 per 1000 population. A person is bitten every 2 seconds, and someone dies from rabies every 30 minutes. The annual number of person-days lost because of animal bites is 38 million, and the cost of post-bite treatment is about $25 million. India has approximately 25 million dogs, with an estimated dog:man ratio of 1:36. (Source: https://bit.ly/2MHxX9u)
Utkarsh has been in the forefront of the battle against rabies and conducts anti-rabies drive regularly. We organise vaccination for stray dogs from time to time in different parts of Maharashtra.
9-in-1 vaccine for dogs:
Our weapon in the crusade is ‘Utkarsh Sanjivani’ or the ‘9 in 1’ vaccination. It is a preventive vaccine against the canine distemper caused by canine distemper (CD) virus, infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) caused by canine adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1), respiratory disease caused by canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2), canine parainfluenza caused by canine parainfluenza CPiV, enteritis caused by canine parvovirus (CPV) and CPV-2c, and leptospirosis caused by Leptospira canicola, L. grippotyphosa, L. icterohaemorrhagiae, and L. pomona.
3-in-1 for cats:
The vaccine protects cats against feline Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis virus, and Panleukopenia virus.
Feline Calicivirus Infection – It is a respiratory disease affecting lungs, intestines, muscles, and bones. It is also communicable. They may get the infection from other cats or because of the presence of the virus in the atmosphere. Symptoms range from nasal discharge to arthritis and even bleeding. The infection can even turn into ulcers and pneumonia.
Rhinotracheitis Virus - Felid herpesvirus 1 or FeHV-1 causes Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), the respiratory disease in cats, which affects nose and throats. Though all types of cats can catch the virus, kittens are most vulnerable. It could occur due to insufficient nutrition, poor ventilation, unhygienic conditions, and even stress. The symptoms include nasal discharge, sneezing bouts, conjunctivitis in the eyes, fever, etc.
Feline Panleukopenia Virus – A contagious and one of the deadliest diseases, Feline Panleukopenia Virus or FPV can be fatal. The virus affects blood cells, especially in the skin, intestinal tract, and also the bone marrow. The virus attacks and kills defense cells in cats, which can lead to their death. The symptoms of the virus in cats are many from high fever to dehydration, diarrhoea, lack of coordination to anemia, and more.
Anti-Rabies Vaccination for Cats: Rabies can occur in cats as well through the bite of an infected animal. The concerning factor is that affected cats may not show any symptom for months. Symptoms could include behavioral changes, weakness, and even seizures and paralysis. Rabies is a fatal condition. Unvaccinated cats are at the highest risk for contracting rabies. Hence, get your cats vaccinated as soon as possible.
R2B Vaccine for poultry birds: The vaccine covers Newcastle disease, one of the worst viral diseases to affect poultry birds. It is an acute respiratory disease with symptoms including facial edema, reduced egg production, paralysis, diarrhea and can even sudden death. R2B vaccine can help prevent the deadly disease and thus is a must for poultry birds.
Avian Influenza or Bird Flu: Many had even never heard of ‘Bird Flu’ until Kerala, the God’s Own Country reported the bird flu outbreak in 2018. The deadly H5N1 virus is highly contagious and claimed 17 lives. There was another outbreak in 2019, in the state but fortunately, no life was lost this time. The infection was believed to have been from fruit bats. Bird Flu viruses can affect all kinds of birds, including chickens and ducks. If you have hens at home or run a poultry business, you should get your birds vaccinated for Avian Influenza
Utkarsh Animal Welfare Division (Mulund)
B-31, 34, 35 and 36, Minerva Industrial Estate, P. K. Road, Mulund West, Mumbai-400 080.
Utkarsh Animal Hospital (Vasai)
Near Navghar-Manikpur Smashan Bhumi, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Vasai (E), Palghar
022 – 2567 6000 (24 Hrs. Open)