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Rabies can be a very scary ordeal for both you and your dog. It’s mainly transmitted the blood or saliva, from a scratch or a bite from another infected animal. Once the infection reaches your dog’s bloodstream, it is fatal and impossible to treat. It is also very easy to get rabies. Dogs can get rabies if the infected saliva from another animal comes in direct contact with your dog’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Because dogs are man’s best friends, they are also the most likely to pass on this unseemly disease to humans due to constant and direct contact.There is no cure for this dangerous disease. All you can do is try your best to take preventative measures in order to protect your dog and yourself. Here are a few steps you can take in order to reduce your dog’s risk of contracting rabies.Vaccination Against Rabies
Make sure that you keep your dog’s rabies vaccinations up to date. That is the best measure you can take in order to better protect your dog. The viability of the rabies vaccinations primarily depends on your dog’s health and your state’s laws on vaccinations. But a typical rabies vaccination is good for 1 – 3 years. The vaccination gives you peace of mind by ensuring that your dog stays protected, even while he’s exposed to an infected animal. Although the vaccinations almost never fail, you should still contact your vet if you think your dog has been bitten or scratched.Keep Him Under Close Supervision While He’s Outside.
If you have a dog that loves to chase other animals (squirrels, other dogs, cats, rabbits etc.), he’s at risk of getting scratched or bitten. Remember that rabid animals behave rather strangely. These animals may be agitated, are aggressive, or may even appear to be injured due to partial paralysis. Just because an animal might not be showing any signs of infection doesn’t necessarily mean that the animal is not infected. Even something as small as a minor scratch can put your dog at risk.Don’t Go Near Dead Or Injured Wildlife.
Keep your dogs and kids away from dead and injured wildlife. It might have been rabies that killed them. If not rabies, it could have been some other contagious infection. Don’t touch the animal without being certain that it was not infected.Report Dead Or Seemingly Sick Animals
If the dog you walk past at the park is acting aggressive and shows behavioral changes, then call for assistance immediately. You could even call the police and they can connect you with animal control, who will surely respond immediately. A loose animal that might be infected, poses a threat to the whole neighborhood.Keep Yourself Informed About Rabies.
Be aware of the animals that are most likely to carry the disease in your area and take care to avoid those animals.