Understanding the Danger of Rabies in Dogs

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Rabies is a highly contagious and virtually 100% fatal virus that can affect any mammal. The danger this virus poses to pets cannot be understated, as the moment symptoms are visible: it’s already too late for treatment. The only cure is prevention. As a responsible pet parent, continue below to learn more about why the rabies virus is so devastating for our canine companions.

 

The rabies virus primarily spreads through saliva, as such, the most common means of infection is from the bite of an infected mammal. If you believe your dog has been attacked by a wild animal, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian—it’s never safe to assume your dog will be okay after any attack. Here is a list of common rabies symptoms in dogs that every owner needs to be aware of:

 

  • Seizures
  • Unusual aggression 
  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Water avoidance 
  • Foaming at the mouth 
  • Paralysis 

 

If your pet displays any of the above symptoms, contact your local health department or veterinarian immediately. A rabies-infected animal poses danger to the entire community and requires quick action to save the lives of both pets and humans. 

 

Get Your Dog’s Core Vaccines At North Shore Animal Hospital

Protect your companion from rabies by getting them vaccinated at North Shore Animal Hospital. Our skilled and compassionate team will ensure your pet’s medical care will be handled by skilled and comforting hands. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your pet’s core health needs!

 

 

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