Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the brain and nervous system of mammals. The good news is that your pets can be protected from rabies all it takes is an up-to-date rabies vaccination from their veterinarian at vet clinics in Kingston.
At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Vaccination Service in Kingston. We are known as one of the best vaccination services in Kingston open 7 days a week.
How do pets get rabies?
Pets get rabies by getting bitten by or coming into contact with the saliva of, an infected animal. Common infected animals include bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes.
Once the rabies virus enters the body, it travels to the brain and attacks the nervous system. While we usually think of rabies showing signs immediately, depending on where on the body a pet is bitten it can take 3-12 weeks for clinical signs to show. However, once symptoms begin, they are sudden and noticeable.
Signs of rabies in pets:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Behavioral changes
- Anorexia (lack of appetite)
Lesser-known rabies facts:
Felines are more likely to become infested than canines. You may think canines are the most common domestic diseased animal, but felines are infected at a much higher rate than canines. Since 1992, felines have been the most frequently reported infected domestic animal. This is because many cat owners do not vaccinate their cats against the disease.
Indoor-only pets can get rabies. While indoor-just pets don’t have contact with wild creatures like open-air pets do, they can in any case come into contact with raging creatures on the off chance that one enters the home.
Rabies virus infections in mammals are almost always deadly. Only a small percentage of animals that have rabies survive. When a suspected infected animal goes to the vet, there are two options: euthanize or quarantine them. Even if you decide to quarantine your pet, there is little chance of survival even if your pet isn’t showing signs of the disease. Once a pet shows clinical signs of the illness, survival is not likely.
There is no laboratory test for rabies in live animals. The best way to distinguish rabies is through trying of brain tissue once the animal has passed on or been euthanized. The only way to determine if a living animal has rabies is to quarantine them and wait for visible clinical signs to show.
There are no treatments available for rabies. Once a pet is infected with rabies, there is no medication or treatment that your veterinarian can offer. The only way to truly save your pet from rabies is to prevent them from getting it in the first place with a rabies vaccine.
Take preventive measures to keep your pets safe from rabies:
- Ensure that all your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccination. The first, best, and easiest step is prevention talk to your vet at vet clinics in Kingston to make sure your pet is current on rabies vaccination.
- Prevent contact with wildlife or unvaccinated pets. Keep dogs on their chain and keep cats indoors.
- Don’t attract wildlife into your yard. Keep food sources inside to prevent potentially infected animals from coming near your pets.
Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. The veterinary team at GRAH Kingston will assess which vaccinations are required, specific to your pet’s needs as well as age and stage of development, different vaccination packages are available at the vet clinics in Kingston.