Protecting Your Furry Friend: Understanding Rabies Symptoms and Prevention
Understanding Rabies in Pets
Common Symptoms of Rabies in Pets
Behavioral Changes: One of the earliest signs of rabies in pets is a noticeable change in behavior. Your once-friendly and affectionate pet may become unusually aggressive, anxious, or disoriented. They may also display unexplained restlessness or irritability.
Excessive Drooling: Rabies often leads to excessive salivation, causing your pet to drool excessively. This is a symptom that should not be ignored, especially if it persists or worsens over time.
Difficulty Swallowing: Infected pets may experience difficulty swallowing, leading to choking, gagging, or a refusal to eat or drink. This can result in a sudden loss of appetite.
Paralysis and Seizures: As rabies progresses, it can affect the nervous system, leading to paralysis and seizures. Your pet may lose control over its limbs, stumble, or even become paralyzed entirely.
Change in Vocalization: Pets with rabies may also exhibit changes in their vocalizations. Dogs, for example, may bark or howl excessively, while cats may meow incessantly.
Preventing Rabies in Your Pets
- Vaccination: Ensure that your pet is up to date on its rabies vaccinations. Regular booster shots are necessary to maintain immunity. At the Companion Animal Health & Rehab Center, we offer rabies vaccinations and can help you establish a vaccination schedule.
- Avoid Wildlife Interactions: Supervise your pet when they are outdoors, and keep them away from wild animals, especially those that appear sick or behave strangely.
- Spaying/Neutering: Spaying or neutering your pet can reduce their urge to roam, minimizing the risk of encounters with potentially rabid animals.
- Secure Fencing: Maintain secure fencing around your property to prevent wild animals from entering your yard and potentially exposing your pet to rabies.
- Regular Check-Ups: Schedule regular veterinary check-ups to monitor your pet’s health. This allows for early detection of any issues and ensures your pet’s vaccinations are current.