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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta IO iHE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tueiday, April 17, 1973- aides fight needs careful testing By BOS CHAMBERLAIN Giu-'lrfi Mercury GUELPH, Out. (CP) Wlisn Mary's pet cat died last Febru- ary, the veterinarian who had treated it diagnosed stomach distress and distemper. But since he had recently treated a case of rabies, the vet seat the animal's head to a fed- eral government laboratory at Hull, Que., which duly reported that the cat's brain tissue showed no sign of the disease. Just to make sure, the lab in- oculated test animals with some of the tissue. One of them died. M a r y 's cat had died of "dumb" rabies rather than the better-known "furious" rabies, makes normally placid animals aggressive. "Dumb7' rabies, most often found Jn cows, produces less noticeable changes in behavior. Beth varie- ties can be fatal to humans. Since there was no record of Mary or any member of her family being bitten or scratched by the cat, the tests bad been conducted at a leisurely pace. By the time word got back to Guelph, 19 days had passed since the animal died. The mlnl- mup period of Incubation for rabies is one month. Then Health Inspector dive Beardwood learned from Mary's parents that the 18- year-old girl had been scratched by the cat a few days before it died. She was immediately given a double dose of byper- immune serum. There was an additional delay when Mary proved to be al- We must make room so we con expand with a bigger paved lot, more offices and belter lighting. We must make room and we are clearing out these units at a great savings for you! 1 1 HO. 5353A !4 TON 6 cylinder, 3 speed Red in color..... NO. 4327A Ft" J: S gg? j; i; s- i- UA r 2 DOOR HARDTOP, 8 cylinder, automatic, radio, power steering and brakes. Green in color. Was NOW...... NO. 24 86A 4 door, 8 cylinder, automatic, power steering and radio. Green in color. Was NOW NO. 4346P 1970 2 door, 6 cylinder standard. In color. Was NOW f NO- 2470A 1969 4 door, 8 cylinder outomatic, radio. Tao in color. T f S Was NOW........ NO. 6259B 2 DOOR HARDTOP, 8 cylinder automatic, power steering and brakes and radio. Grey in color. NOW........ t NO. 5340B K TON 6 cylinder, 3 speed. Blue in color. NO. 2482B 1968 PvYiiHOti 4 DOOR SEDAN, 8 cylinder culcmoiic. Green in color. Was NOW......------ NO. 6258C If 4 DOOR SEDAN, 8 cylinder automatic, radio, power steering and brakes, tan in color. (SOTST Was NOW NO. 2490A 1966 4 DOOR SEDAN, 8 cylinder automatic, radio, power and brakes. in color. Was NOW NO. 2471A 9 PASSENGER 4 DOOR SEDAN, 8 cylinder, automatic, radio, power steering and brakes. Was NOW 3s TVW NO. 24803 1965 FQxD 4 door, 8 cylinder automatic, radio, yel- low in color, C> 'SftA Wos NOW Your CHRYSLER, PLYMOUTH, DODGE TRUCK DEALER Top Quality USED CARS Cor. 1st Ave. and 7th St. S, OfTf m nrn D I I u I y H IH B R i D G E Sales Lot Cor. 3rd Ave. and 10th St. S. lergic to the serum and a differ- ent type had to be obtained from Toronto. But tests soon showed that she had developed her own antibodies to the dis- ease and was oiit of danger. Meanwhile Mr. Beardwood discovered that Mary's cat had been running with a pack of v.iW cats in the eastern section of Guelph and concluded that they had been the source of the disease. The wild cats themselves are no danger to humans, since no- body can come within 100 yards of them. But they come into contact with ether domestic pets, which might transmit tie disease to their owners, PACK DOOMED Within a few months, the en- tire pack is likely to contract rabies and die. The immediate problem was to prevent the dis- ease from spreading. Mr. Beardwood discarded the possibility of shooting or trap- ping the cats as there was no guarantee that all of them yrould be accounted for. The al- ternative was a campaign for the vaccination of all pets. With the help of the federal departmentof agriculture, supplied the vaccine and agreed to pay veterinarians, be has organized free clinics 2ft which aH pete can be treated which have not received a ra- bies shot within lie last year. Meanwhile, aH owners were urged to call a veterinarian im- mediately if their pet showed any change in normal behavior, showed fear of water or ap- peared unable to drink it. Any- one bitten or scratched by a pet was warned to consult a physi- cian. Dog owner geeks animal 'medicare' CALGARY (CP) Mike AH- corn isn't joking he talks about "psticare." The mention of medical insur- ance for pets was once good for a chuckle, but -with two pure- bred, well trained German shepherds and mounting veteri- nary bills, Mr. Allcorn is talking seriously about animal medical care. "It's about time somebody started a health care program for dogs, cats and small ani- mals." Participation fa a peiicaro scheme would be voluntary, and Sir. Allcorn suggested an an- nual fee of for dogs, wifo scaled-down prices for cats and smaller pats. Although Mr. AHcorn's high veterinary bills are partly due to emergency operations for bis dogs, he contended that any pet oy.-ncr who takes good care of his animals will have basic an- nual visits such a distemper and rabies shots. Buy e 'SOUTHERN ALBERTA BUSINESS ;