World Rabies Day - $10 Rabies Vaccines
Scottsboro pet owners - Williams Animal Clinic is celebrating World Rabies Day on September 28th with $10 rabies vaccines!
What is rabies?
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Once the outward signs of the disease appear, rabies is nearly always fatal.
What animals can get rabies?
Only mammals can get rabies - birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians can not be infected with the rabies virus.
Cats have become the most common domestic animal infected with rabies. This is because many cat owners do not vaccinate their cats and cats can be exposed to rabid wildlife, either outdoors or when bats get into the house. Rabies also occurs in dogs and cattle in significant numbers and has been diagnosed in horses, goats, sheep, swine and ferrets.
Vaccination programs and control of stray animals have been effective in preventing rabies in most pets.
What are the signs of rabies in animals?
Once the rabies virus enters the body, it travels along the nerves to the brain. Animals with rabies may show a variety of signs, including fearfulness, aggression, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, staggering, paralysis and seizures. Aggressive behavior is common, but rabid animals may also be uncharacteristically affectionate.
There is no treatment once the clinical signs of rabies appear.
Rabies infection of an animal can only be confirmed after death, through microscopic examination of the animal’s brain.
What can I do to help prevent rabies in my pets and family?
Remember that rabies is entirely preventable through vaccination.
- Have your veterinarian vaccinate your pets and animals - dogs, cats, ferrets, and select horses and livestock.
- Your veterinarian will advise you on the recommended or required frequency of vaccination in your area. Rabies vaccine is REQUIRED by state law for all pets.
- Reduce the possibility of exposure to rabies by not letting your pets roam free.
- Keep cats and ferrets indoors, and supervise dogs when they are outside.
- Spaying or neutering your pet may decrease roaming tendencies and will prevent them from contributing to the birth of unwanted animals.
- Don’t leave exposed garbage or pet food outside, as it may attract wild or stray animals.
- Wild animals should never be kept as pets.
- Not only may this be illegal, but wild animals pose a potential rabies threat to caretakers and to others.
- Observe all wild animals from a distance. A rabid wild animal may appear tame but don’t go near it.
- Teach children NEVER to handle unfamiliar animals—even if they appear friendly.
- If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to the city or county animal control department.
- Bat-proof your home and other structures to prevent bats from nesting and having access to people or pets.
Williams Animal Clinic is celebrating World Rabies Day on September 28th with $10 rabies vaccines!
Call or click here to schedule your appointment!