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Rabies virus is very serious and always fatal; it can be passed between all species of mammals, including humans.  Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals.  It travels through the body to the brain where it causes the brain to swell.  This swelling of the brain causes behavior and neurologic changes, with death following shortly.  There is no treatment for this deadly disease in any mammals, including humans.

Some of the common carriers of rabies include raccoons, bats and foxes.  These animals are nocturnal and are generally not seen during the day.  If you come across any nocturnal animal during the day it is a warning sign to stay away.  Call your local animal control office immediately to have the animal picked up and tested for rabies.

If your pet receives a bite from an unknown animal, it is important that you wear gloves when washing out the wound. Your pet should be quarantined from other animals for at least 10 days and not handled during this time.  Call us immediately at 972-772-7777 if you think your pet has been in contact with a rabid or potentially rabid animal.  If there is any chance that you may have come in contact with a rabid animal, call YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY.

Signs of Rabies

  • Personality changes
  • Photophobia (avoids light)
  • Fever
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Hydrophobia (avoids liquid)
  • Biting and/or snapping
  • Paralysis of rear legs
  • Death

Your pet should receive their first Rabies vaccinations at 12 weeks of age and then be boostered once yearly.

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