Ensuring the Safety of Your Pets from Rabies

Each year, on September 28th, World Rabies Day reminds us of a deadly illness that continues to claim lives, both human and animal, worldwide. Rabies is a viral infection affecting mammals’ brains and nervous systems, posing a significant threat. In this blog, we explore whether dogs and cats can contract rabies and stress the importance of preventive measures.

Indeed, dogs and cats can contract rabies, with these domestic animals most frequently affected. While rare in the United States, it remains a concern globally, especially in regions with limited vaccination and animal control programs. Rabies is transmitted through saliva or bites. Once the virus enters a pet’s system, it rapidly attacks the nervous system, often leading to death.

Symptoms in dogs and cats resemble those in humans. Initially, pets may exhibit mild behavioral changes, fever, and reduced appetite. As the virus progresses, more severe symptoms, including seizures, aggression, paralysis, and difficulty swallowing, may emerge.

Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent rabies in pets. All dogs and cats should receive a rabies vaccine. Responsible pet ownership includes keeping pets indoors and minimizing contact with stray or wild animals. If your pet is bitten, seek immediate veterinary care and report the incident to local animal control authorities.

Rabies remains a severe and often fatal disease. While rare in the United States, it still affects pets worldwide. Taking proactive steps, such as vaccination and limiting contact with wildlife, is crucial. As World Rabies Day approaches, schedule a rabies vaccination for your pets to contribute to the fight against this disease and ensure their safety.