The Importance of Rabies Prevention for Pets
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The Importance of Rabies Prevention for Pets

World Rabies Day: September 28, 2020

Rabies is one of the most deadly diseases for pets, however it is also one of the most preventable. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva or blood from one infected mammal to the other. Primary carriers include: bats, raccoons, skunks and fox.

Common symptoms of rabies in pets:

  • Behaviour change, either:
    • More quiet or depressed.
    • Unusually friendly when normally  timid.
    • More aggressive toward people, animals, objects, even its own body.
  • Loss of appetite or difficulty eating or drinking.
  • Barking or meowing differently.
  • Drooling excessively.
  • Biting the site of the wound where the animal was exposed to rabies.
  • Overreacting to touch, sound or light.
  • Staggering or falling.
  • Becoming partially or completely paralyzed (unable to move).

It’s important to remember that all cats and dogs (including indoor-only cats) must be vaccinated against rabies.  Although unlikely, infected wildlife can enter your home and infect pets.

With your help today we can continue to make sure that all HSLM shelter pets are up-to-date on important vaccines before they find their new home!

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