is not only a threat to your pet but to you as well. A fatal,
viral disease, rabies affects the brain and nerves. The main source
of rabies comes from infected wildlife, such as foxes, raccoons,
skunks, bats, and coyotes. Usually transmitted through bites from
rabid animals, rabies also can be spread through contact with
most common sign of rabies is an unexplained change in behavior.
A friendly pet may turn aggressive or act strangely, with no apparent
cause. However, a wild animal may act tame and not be afraid when
approached by people. It is important to know that once a rabid
animal starts to exhibit abnormal behavior, it will continue to
do so. It may take two to six months before showing signs, but
once it does, it is an irreversible process, and the animal will
die in a matter of days. Today, no treatment for rabies exists.
Not every animal (including humans) that comes in contact with
a rabid animal will contact rabies.
you think one of your animals may have rabies, be extremely careful
and avoid all contact with it. Isolate the pet from other animals
and humans and call your veterinarian immediately. The doctor
will need to know whether your pet has been vaccinated. By law,
you must report this disease in order to protect the public. Notify
both your veterinarian and animal control.