Raleigh vets are warning pet owners of the importance of staying up to date with your pet’s rabies vaccination and for good reason!
Back in early April of this year in northeast Raleigh, a family dog had a confrontation with a raccoon. The dog ended up killing the raccoon, but once the raccoon was collected and sent out for testing, it showed to be positive for rabies.
The dog in question was current on their rabies vaccinations, fortunately, but this incident serves as a good reminder to keep your pets’ current on their rabies vaccinations!
What should you do to reduce your chance of an encounter with a rabid animal? Let’s cover some key points!
Raleigh Vets Urge Pet Owners to Follow Safety Protocols to Avoid Exposure to Rabies!
In order to reduce the chance of you or your pets being exposed to rabies, Raleigh vets make the following recommendations:
- Never approach animals that you do not know, particularly if they seem to be acting unusually. Instead, call an animal control official who has the means of safely catching the animal.
- All Raleigh vets offer the rabies vaccination, make sure that your pets are up to date on their vaccination at all times. An unvaccinated pet who encounters rabies may very well need to be euthanized to save them from a painful and agonizing death.
- Avoid feeding stray animals or leaving food outside that may attract stray animals. Encouraging wildlife into your living space is an invitation for exposure to a number of diseases and parasites.
- Avoid feeding your pet outside. Even the biggest food loving pet will leave crumbs behind after their meal and these crumbs will invite unwelcome visitors.
- If you suspect a local animal to be showing signs of rabies, call animal control immediately.
- If you suspect that your pet has come into contact with a rabid animal, contact your emergency vet immediately and be prepared to bring them in for an exam. Avoid going to the clinic without a phone call first, however, as you may be putting other pets and their owners at risk.
Which Animals Can Contract and Carry Rabies?
Raleigh vets urge pet owners to make themselves aware of which animals may be more likely to be carrying rabies. Some common wildlife in our area who have been known to carry rabies include:
- Other wild dogs
- Hares and rabbit
It’s important to know that ANY animal can get rabies, but some animals have a much lower chance of contracting the disease than others. For example, possums are very rarely known to contract rabies – it is believed that this is due to their lower body temperature, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen!
Think your pet may be due for their rabies vaccination? Give us a call and set up an appointment today! We’ll get your pet up to date on their rabies vaccination in no time at all and you can take comfort in knowing that your pet is protected!