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  • Tips on How to Protect Your Dog from Rabies

    For centuries, dogs have been a huge source of comfort and joy for individuals and families all over the world; they are wonderful companions and can brighten our day. However, it’s important to remember that dogs are simply domesticated animals, and without proper care and medical attention can succumb to viruses and diseases that can be deadly to both animals and humans.

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    Rabies is a concern for every state in America, as it can spread rather easily and quickly without proper precautions taken by pet owners. Dogs are required by the state of California to keep their pets vaccinated, and a rabies vaccine can prevent serious health concerns. In this article, we’ll discuss some general information about rabies and provide some tips on how to protect your dog from rabies.

    What is Rabies?

    Rabies is a deadly and likely fatal viral disease that affects warm-blooded animals all over the world. It attacks the central nervous system, causing the animal’s brain tissue to become infected and their behavior to become severely altered. Rabies is very easily spread to humans and other animals, which makes it a very dangerous disease that must be prevented at all costs.

    How Does Rabies Spread?

    Rabies is spread through saliva transmission; usually an infected animal will bite another, however it can spread easily through a simple scratch as well. Animals that become infected with rabies can spread it to other animals as soon as they exhibit visible signs of the disease. Though U.S. states have taken great precaution to prevent rabies spreading, many domestic animals every year still die from the disease.

    Concerning Symptoms to Lookout For

    Rabies is an incurable disease, and unfortunately once a dog begins exhibiting symptoms of rabies there usually isn’t much that can be done, which is why taking preventive action is especially critical. Here are symptoms to be aware of in your dog as well as in other animals:

    • Behavioral differences – anxiety or clinginess
    • Mild to extreme aggression
    • Developing a sensitivity to lights and sounds
    • Since rabies affects the central nervous system, the animal eventually becomes paralyzed from the neck up, unable to swallow
    • Excessive saliva production
    • Respiratory failure

    As you can see, these symptoms are highly concerning. It is important to consult with your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has become exposed to rabies, or even if you notice any behavioral changes in your pet.

    Tips for Protecting Your Dog

    As we mentioned before, rabies is incurable; this is why it is critical to take necessary steps toward protecting your dog from rabies exposure. Here are some tips and guidelines that can help you protect your dog:

    Don’t leave your dog’s food outside

    It is difficult to control what wildlife enters our surroundings. Bats, racoons, skunks, and foxes are some of the most widely-known transmitters of rabies in our state. It’s important to keep your pet’s food indoors at all times to avoid contact with another animal’s saliva.

    Remain vigilant of another animals’ behavior

    If you bring your dog to dog parks, socialize with other pets, or bring your dog on walks where they could come into contact with a stray, it is essential to be aware of how the other animals are behaving before you allow your pet to engage with them. Of course, it is best to keep your pet from engaging at all, although this may be difficult.

    Keep your pet vaccinated

    This is the most effective way of preventing the spread of rabies to your beloved pet. The state requires that your pet be vaccinated regularly, and it’s always in your best interest to stay on top of these vaccines.

    Consult with Your Veterinarian

    If you’re ever uncertain that you’re adequately preventing the spread of rabies in your own dog, it is essential to consult with your veterinarian. Keeping routine appointments with your vet can ensure your pet’s health better.

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    How We Can Help You

    Here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, we are devoted to preventing the spread of rabies in our communities of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other areas nearby Ventura County. We know how devastating this incurable disease can be to pet owners, and we make preventive efforts a part of our ongoing services for every single client. To learn more about our services or rabies prevention, please feel free to contact us directly.

    posted on March 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm by Doctor Ron