Saturday, December 12, 2009

Canine Rabies Disease and Vaccination

Rabies disease is more common in canine and can be prevented through vaccination. Rabies is caused by a virus found in the saliva of an infected animals and can be transmitted to other animals and humans through bite or an open wound contamination.

Rabies symptoms: Rabies in humans and animals causes acute encephalitis. Warm blooded animals are affected with rabies. Early symptoms are headache, fever and malaise. As rabies progresses infected animals or humans experience acute pain, aggressiveness, inability to drink water and depression.  For severe cases, it could lead to death.

For humans infected with rabies or been bitten by a suspected rabies carrier dog, it is important to get vaccinated to prevent the development of rabies symptoms.

Rabies prevention: The only way to prevent rabies is through vaccination. If you have a pet, rabies vaccination is important so ask your vet about it.

Rabies vaccination in dogs: Vaccinate dogs at three to four months of age. Revaccinate within one year and every year, thereafter.

Rabies vaccination in cats: Vaccinate cats at three to four months of age, then revaccinate every year, thereafter.

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