Eight Common Rabies Misconceptions in Dogs

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Rabies is a virus that may be transmitted from an infected animal's bite to humans and pets. The illness is virtually invariably lethal once clinical indications are noticed. In dogs who have been vaccinated against rabies, this is an illness that may be avoided. There is a lot of information regarding this virus available. Here are eight popular rabies myths, as well as the facts.

  • 01 of 08

    My Mainly Indoor Dog Doesn't Need to be Vaccinated Against Rabies

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    The rabies virus is mostly spread by wildlife, however there have been occurrences of rabid domestic animals. In the United States, people have greater contact with domestic animals than with wild animals. Because your dog may get infected if bitten by a rabid wild animal, it is important to keep them up to date on their rabies vaccination. Even if they spend most of their time inside, they should be vaccinated. This will prevent infection from spreading to your family and others.

  • 02 of 08

    Rabies is Always Transmitted Through a Bite Wound

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    The rabies virus is spread by direct contact with infected animal saliva or brain/nervous system tissue. When an infected animal attacks a human or another animal, this happens. Although bite wounds are the most common route of rabies infection, alternative modes of transmission exist. Mucous membrane contamination (eyes, nose, and mouth), aerosol transmission, and organ transplantation have all been observed.

  • 03 of 08

    Rabid Dogs Always Foam or Salivate at The Mouth

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    Fearfulness, hostility, excessive drooling, trouble swallowing, staggering, paralysis, and convulsions are among symptoms of rabies in dogs. Although mouth foaming or salivation is a common occurrence, it does not occur in every case. It might be missing at times. When dealing with a wild animal or one that has bitten you or your dog, keep this in mind.

  • 04 of 08

    Bite Wounds Are Always Obvious

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    In the United States, bats are a prevalent vector of rabies. They are mostly active outside. They do, however, occasionally fly into houses. As a result, bites can happen when you're asleep and may go undetected. Avoid coming into touch with bats to protect yourself and your dog. Make sure your dog's rabies vaccine is up to date. There are additional methods to make your home "bat-proof."

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  • 05 of 08

    Rabies Doesn’t Exist in The United States, Only in Other Countries

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    Africa, Asia, and Latin America have the most rabies cases documented. In 2016, around 4,900 animal cases were documented. Antarctica is the only area where rabies has not been reported. A total of 5,000 animal rabies cases are reported to the CDC each year, with over 90% of those cases occurring in animals.

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    My Dog Must Be Euthanized If Bitten By a Wild Animal

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    Rabies bites are handled differently in each state and country. If your dog has been vaccinated against rabies, it is the best case scenario. In this instance, the chances of developing rabies are quite unlikely. If your dog is overdue for a rabies vaccination, they may need to be confined briefly to check for rabies symptoms. The process might become more difficult if your dog has not been vaccinated against rabies. He'll almost certainly be quarantined. If he starts to show indications of rabies, he will very certainly be put down. Contact your city's animal control for additional information on how your state treats rabies bites. They have the most up-to-date information.

  • 07 of 08

    My Dog was Vaccinated against Rabies as a Puppy and is Protected for Life

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    Unfortunately, a dog's first vaccination does not provide lifetime protection. Between three and four months of age, puppies should receive their first rabies vaccination. It takes 28 days to completely safeguard them. They are only protected for one year during this period and must obtain a booster on their one-year birthday. The rabies booster may be administered once a year or once every three years, depending on where the owner resides. Your veterinarian can answer any questions you have about how often your dog should have the immunization.

  • 08 of 08

    Rabies Vaccines are Painful for Dogs to Receive

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    Rabies vaccinations are usually administered through the skin using a tiny gauge needle. The needle's first entry into the skin may be noticeable. Most dogs will not notice whether it has been administered if they are distracted. Let your veterinarian know if your dog does not enjoy getting immunizations. They use various techniques to distract their attention. Treats can assist if they are motivated by food. Some dogs may suffer little pain after receiving the immunization. The next day, this normally passes. If you have any questions regarding immunizations or reactions, talk to your veterinarian.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.

References

"Distemper And RabiesPet Poison Helpline", "Bats and RabiesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020", "Rabies In The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020", "Rabies Vaccinations: Titers, Exemptions, And ProtocolsAmerican Animal Hospital Association", "What To Expect After Your Pet's VaccinationAmerican Veterinary Medical Association" ;

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