Rabies is a dangerously common illness that almost always has fatal consequences. Live animals can’t be tested for rabies, so they must be quarantined to determine whether or not they have rabies. Rabies has a long incubation period, but the virus can’t be transmitted until the animal begins showing symptoms. Animals exhibiting signs of rabies die within days. Only after that can their brain tissue be tested for the presence of rabies.
Consequences of Rabies
There is no cure for rabies. It is almost always fatal. Rabies is able to infect all mammals and it occurs most often in raccoons, bats, coyotes, foxes, and skunks. It is spread through saliva, usually through a bite. In rarer circumstances, it may be transmitted through open wounds or the skin by the eyes and nose.
It results in significant behavioral changes in the animal. This can be aggression, confusion, or many other behaviors. Eventually, they will likely become sensitive to light and, shortly after, they will die.
Preventing rabies is important because there is no cure. There are vaccinations for rabies. In most places, having your pets vaccinated against rabies is the law. They must receive a series of vaccinations in their early years and frequent boosters.
Never keep wild animals as pets. Not only is this illegal in most cases, but they can also spread rabies. It is also important to prevent any interaction with wild animals. Wild animals don’t receive vaccinations and can transmit rabies to you or your pets.
Rabies is an incredibly serious condition. Prevention is the only way to protect your pets. Make sure that their rabies vaccinations are always kept up to date. If you are unsure when your pet needs their next vaccination, contact your veterinarian today. To learn more about rabies prevention, contact us at Borrett Animal Hospital today!