SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 1
Rabies is a serious and deadly virus that attacks the nervous system of an infected animal causing brain disease and eventually death. Rabies is typically transmitted through a bite from a rabid animal and is most commonly found in raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Dogs are a common carrier, but global veterinary management through inoculations has greatly reduced the occurrence of canine to human spread.
French scientists Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux invented the rabies vaccine in 1885. Prior to that, any person or animal who contracted rabies, died. The vaccine works for both infected and non-infected animals, so it can be administered after the bite.
Rabies is zoonotic, meaning it can be passed from canine to humans. Anyone who has seen Old Yeller (and who hasn’t) knows some of the symptoms and the outcome of a rabies bite. Human treatment involves a series of immunizations over the course of 14 days. There are only 10 documented cases of human survival of rabies so prevention and immediate treatment is critical.
We found this great infographic about the disease that I thought we would share. Our next Health Check post will be specifically about rabies and canines.