Welcome to Rabies Awareness Month
As you may already know rabies is a deadly and preventable disease. Surprisingly though, most people don't know that small fact. We encourage you to read and learn below. Every month we will feature a different topic of discussion so we encourage you to check back often!
RABIES...A Deadly and Preventable Disease
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus which can infect all warm blooded mammals, including humans. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of an affected animal and is normally transmitted via a bite wound. Rabies is a fast acting virus. Once inside the body, it spreads quickly and if appropriate treatment is not sought, it can be fatal. Fortunately, there are safe and effective vaccines available that can help prevent rabies in animals and humans.
What Does A Rabid Animal Look Like?
There are two types of rabid animals; one type is referred to as "Furious rabies" and the other type is referred to as "Dumb rabies". The "Furious rabies" are typically seen as being very vicious and aggressive. The "Dumb rabies" is seen as being partially or totally paralyzed. They may have trouble walking and and may appear to be "drunk". The best advise we can give is to stay away from all wild and stray animals that appear to be aggressive or seem to be sick. On a side note, some wild animals such as foxes, raccoons and skunks may appear to be normal but can be infected with rabies and should be avoided at all times.
Who usually carries rabies?
It's worthy to note that only warm blooded mammals can get rabies, not birds, fish, reptiles or amphibians. Most carriers are wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. They can infect cats, dogs, cows, horses, goats as well as people.
My pet has been bitten...Now what?
Contact your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian will guide you through the process of handling your pet's possible exposure to rabies. In most cases your pet will need to receive another rabies booster. If your pets rabies vaccination is not current, a 10 day quarantine will be necessary.
I've been bitten...Now what?
If you are bitten by a wild animal or a dog or cat, contact your physician for advise.
For more information on rabies go to our pet library and search for rabies. Article #1 is excellent!