What happens if my dog or cat is exposed to rabies?

What happens if my dog or cat is exposed to rabies?

If your pet is vaccinated and is bitten or exposed to a rabid animal or an animal that is potentially rabid, a confinement period of 30-45 days will likely be necessary. Revaccination against rabies may be recommended or required as well.

Where does the rabies virus in dogs come from?

When a bite breaks the skin, the virus can enter the bloodstream. It can also pass through an open wound that is exposed to the saliva of an infected animal, usually by licking. While it can pass between pets, rabies in dogs most frequently comes from exposure to wild animals like bats, raccoons, and foxes.

Are there any cases of rabies in domestic animals?

The likelihood of rabies in a domestic animal varies by region; hence, the need for postexposure prophylaxis also varies. In the continental United States, rabies among dogs is reported sporadically in states where there is reported rabies in wildlife. During 2000-2004, more cats than dogs were reported rabid in the United States.

Can a dog with rabies be euthanized?

Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Following an exposure to rabies, dogs, cats, and ferrets that have never been vaccinated against rabies should be euthanized immediately by an animal health professional because there are no USDA-licensed biologics for postexposure prophylaxis in previously unvaccinated domestic animal.

How does rabies affect dogs?

Rabies is a polioencephalitis (viral infection of the brain) that affects the gray matter of a dog’s brain as well as their central nervous system. The infection leads to brain disease and eventually, death. Early symptoms of rabies include fever, weakness, general discomfort, and other flu-like symptoms.

Are dogs the only animal that gets rabies?

All mammals can get rabies , but only a few species are important as reservoirs for the disease. In the United States, distinct strains of rabies virus have been identified in bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and mongooses. In many other parts of the world, rabies in dogs is still common.

How does rabies attack dogs?

The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to dogs in the United States is through a bite from wild animals like foxes, raccoons, skunks and bats that carry the disease. The virus is transmitted through biting and possibly scratching-it gets transferred in the saliva and is highly infectious.

Can dog recover from rabies?

Support Your Dog’s Health. Your dog’s recovery from rabies vaccinosis also depends on other important factors to support his overall health. Feed your dog a natural, whole foods, preferably raw meat based diet. Food is the foundation of a your dog’s wellbeing and helps build a healthy immune system.