We’ve have all heard so many diverse things about rabies it is tough to separate myth from truth. When dogs get their vaccinations, among those shots is always a rabies vaccination. All of us recall the film Old Yeller do not we?
First thing most people today worry about when they’re bitten by an animal is if that animal has rabies. Most animal control sections will quarantine pets until the owner can provide vaccination records or till tests could be completed showing that the animal doesn’t have rabies. If at all possible, wild animals will be recorded and analyzed.
How often have you heard people say, “oh, look out for raccoons, or rabbits, or whatever sort of animal, since they have rabies.” I experienced that all of the time growing up.
A couple of weeks ago Austin Squirrel Control was in a place along the coast that is home to lots of ground squirrels. There are signs all around the area advising people to not feed the squirrels. That is principally for a couple reasons. One reason is because people food isn’t great for the squirrels and it induces them to learn how to beg for food from individuals as opposed to forage for food such as nature intended. Another threat is that, while even adorable and cuddly, they’re still wild animals and will bite you.
While I was seeing people read the “please don’t feed” signs, I overheard one dad tell his child, “look outside, all of them have rabies.” Not only did they not have rabies, but odds are that none of these have rabies. But, and it’s a big but (no pun intended), if the squirrels did have rabies it would be quite dangerous.
Let us begin with, what’s rabies? Rabies is a viral disease which any mammal can catch. It’s normally transmitted via the bite of a rabid animal, in other words, a creature carrying the virus. The virus is usually spread through the saliva of an animal which bites and breaks your skin.
In animals, the virus may lead them to become combative and extremely aggressive. In humans and animals both, intense muscle pain and soreness sets in, particularly in the muscles related to consuming. This may lead to intense thirst in both people and animals.
Folks will typically suffer with headaches, extreme fatigue, muscle fatigue, and fevers. Once symptoms start revealing, it only requires a week or so before severe nervous system damage sets in. Once at that point, it’s possible an individual with rabies will perish. If properly handled, rabies is seldom deadly. Treatment should start before the symptoms begin.
Even though there isn’t any reason to spread fear by believing all wild animals carry rabies, due caution has to be used. As for me, I don’t feed the squirrels since I don’t wish to make them reliant on individuals food and I don’t need to get bit. But due to the deadly character of rabies, you should seek immediate medical care if bit. Wash the wound with soap and water and head directly for your physician or local emergency area.
For wild animals, if at all possible have animal control catch the creature so they may be examined for rabies. For domestic animals, nevertheless have animal control get involved and affirm that the animal’s health. Usually, national animals account for around ten per cent of rabies cases.
Rabies is a really serious illness and you need to vaccinate your pets from it and protect your self by using care when about unknown or wild animals. But, there’s absolutely not any need for all out fear and concern. Enjoy life and revel in our furry friends also.