Rabies, while not a common infliction for pet health, can be transmitted to our four-legged friends. Simply because one raccoon or alternative carrier tests positive for rabies doesn’t indicate there will not be other people. That being said, it doesn’t mean that we are in the center of a rabies outbreak. At this time the main thing is education on the virus and the risk variables.
Most men and women think about the film ‘Cujo’ when they think about rabies. They see a crazy vicious dog that attacks everything, the reality is much different where pet health is concerned. Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and can manifest itself in many ways like strange behavior, staggering, and weakness. The virus is spread by saliva through bites or eating brain substances. After an animal or an individual has been bitten it could take months for symptoms to develop. Unfortunately, there’s absolutely no cure. Rabies is a virus that is terminal once it reaches the brain and physical symptoms begin. Worldwide there are around 60,000 deaths every year by rabies. Only one person has survived being infected but she will never recover from the brain damage she sustained. Check this to learn more.
There are a few species that are deemed high risk for rabies and may have an effect on pet health. The most important threat is raccoons with 154 cases or 63.6% of wild animal cases in certain countries in America. After raccoons, skunks had 42 cases or 17.4 percent, bats had 28 instances or 11.5 percent, and foxes with 16 cases or 7.5 percent. The national average is even wider with 75 percent of domestic animal infections being cats. Another interesting statistic is that pets and humans have generally different threats for vulnerability. Overwhelmingly our pets have been infected by raccoons, skunks, and foxes. In people, worldwide 95 percent of the infections occurred through dog bites. Having your pet vaccinated against rabies is the very best method to maintain a layer of protection between wild animals and humans. Second, bats are a huge threat, usually, because bites go undetected since the bats reside in the loft of the house. Normally, bat bites are small and we could even sleep. It is essential to check your attic and roof for signs of bats and also have them removed if found. To protect our pets a few simple measures must also be taken. First, making sure that your animal is current on vaccines is incredibly important.
At this time, there are both single-celled and three-year vaccines available. If your pet is not present on its own vaccines, and the animal that bit your furry friend was a raccoon, a fox, or even a skunk you’ll have to call the local police and alert the health department. They may wish the wild animal caught or killed to have it tested for rabies. There’s another benefit to getting your pet vaccinated. If they bite an individual and are current on their vaccines they then have to be quarantined for just 10 days for observation. If your pet is unvaccinated or beyond because of vaccines and it bites a person it’s going to need to be quarantined for six months to be detected for symptoms. The bottom line for our pets is that the rabies vaccine works and without it, you’re carrying a lot of risks with the number of rabies cases we’ve seen in our area. Please report any strange acting animals to Environmental Health or Animal Control and do not take things into your own hands.
In Poster Veterinary Associates we believe consistent prevention to be the secret to life-long health for the pets we treat. Visit our website for more details.
We’ll work with you to create a customized strategy for the pet. Our preventive health care choices will help make sure your pet is happy and healthy.