4 Steps to Protect Your Pet Against Rabies

Did you know that rabies is one of the deadliest diseases in the world? It has an almost 100 percent fatality rate. Just the word “rabies” tends to conjure up some frightening images! And because rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be transmitted from animals to humans, it’s particularly dangerous. Luckily, rabies has been all but eliminated in the United States and many other parts of the world thanks to modern vaccination and wild animal control measures. Still, you’ll want to take the proper precautions to make sure your pet stays safe. Here’s how: 

Vaccinate Your Pet

Your furry buddy’s core vaccination group should include the rabies vaccine. This is his or her only true line of defense against the rabies virus. Puppies and kittens as young as three months old or so can receive the rabies vaccination. You’ll also need to keep up with booster shots. Contact your veterinarian if your pet needs the vaccine or booster.

Spay And Neuter

You might be surprised to learn that having your pet spayed or neutered is a good way to prevent the risk of them contracting the rabies virus. That’s because spaying and neutering reduces your pet’s urge to wander in order to go looking for love. Not only will you avoid the hassle and heartache of a lost pet, you don’t have to worry about them coming into contact with a wild animal that could potentially be rabid. 

Supervise While Outdoors

The rabies virus is spread through the bite of an infected animal. So, it’s very important for you to keep a close eye on your pet outdoors. Stop them from encountering any wild animals, like raccoons or opossums. Always keep your pup on a leash when you go on walks, and don’t let them stray too far. If you live in a wooded area or anywhere that wild animals may pass through, don’t let your four-legged pal outside unsupervised. If you have a cat, just keep Fluffy indoors.

Watch For Signs Of Illness 

Watch for signs of rabies. Some common symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, light and touch sensitivity, fever, and uncharacteristic aggressive behavior. Seizures and paralysis can occur if the disease progresses. Tell your veterinary professional immediately if you see these signs. 

All things considered, the risk of rabies is very low for your pet. But make sure to take the right steps to keep it that way. Call your vet’s office for help! 

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