Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals including dogs, cats and humans. The disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii and elsewhere throughout the world except Antarctica. Once symptoms appear, the result is death. According to the CDC, more than 59,000 people die from rabies every year.
The most common carriers in this country are bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. The disease is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected animal but can also be transmitted through a scratch or when infected saliva makes contact with mucous membranes or an open wound.
According to the CDC, rabies is reported more in cats than dogs, possibly due to fewer vaccination laws, fewer leash laws and the roaming habits of cats.
Fortunately, rabies is 100% preventable in our pets provided immunizations are kept up to date. It’s also the law to have pets vaccinated. An unvaccinated pet who comes into contact with an infected animal can be quarantined and even euthanized. Don’t let this happen to your pet!
Visit the team at Capitaland Animal Hospital for all your pet’s immunizations and be sure to keep boosters on schedule. Your pet’s health and happiness is our first priority!