Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system, so it’s very important to be familiar with rabies treatment and animal control if you come into contact with an infected animal. While it’s rare to contract rabies for humans, there can be up to 500 cases of rabies in domestic pets in any given year. Below, we will list some basic tips to keep your family and pets safe.
Common Rabies Carriers
Recently, a warning was issued in Baltimore County when a fox tested positive for rabies. The fox was dead, but it’s a concern for pet owners who don’t know if their cats or dogs had any interactions with the fox. The most common carriers of rabies in the United States are foxes, skunks, raccoons and bats. Unfortunately, rabies is most prevalent along the East Coast, so it may be more common for your pet to interact with infected animals than you may have realized.
Symptoms of Rabies
As a rule of thumb, it’s always important to realize that when interacting with wild animals, you can’t predict their behavior. Although raccoons and foxes may look cute, a large part of rabies safety involves not interacting with wild animals in general. Rabies is known to turn animals more anxious or aggressive than they normally are, and the infected animals are also more sensitive to light and sound. This means they can frighten more easily and become aggressive. Seizures and viciousness are also symptoms of rabies.
Tips for Rabies Safety and Treatment
Your first tip is to never deal with an animal directly. Slowly, remove yourself and your pet from the situation and call animal control. Wild animals are attracted to food, so they look for easy opportunities for free chow like loose garbage and pet food that sits around outside. Even if your cat or dog spends the majority of their time outdoors, it’s better to feed them in your home to keep other animals away. Of course, one of the best preventive measures for rabies safety is to have your pet receive their annual shots, so if you are a little behind, make sure to schedule an appointment with you vet as soon as possible. While it’s extremely rare for a human to contract rabies, you don’t want to be one of the cases or have your pet be a statistic because you were unaware of rabies safety techniques or did not call animal control.
Need additional information on rabies safety and animal control?
Call Shumaker Animal Control. Shumaker Animal Control is a twenty-five year veteran of the animal control profession and knows how to detect and properly remove all sorts of animals from your Maryland property. We can also fill any burrows made by groundhogs to keep them out and guarantee against them chewing back through it. Foxes, squirrels, raccoons, mice, and bats can also be dealt with easily.
If you think you have a rabid animal on your property please call immediately. This animal could pose a serious danger to your family and your pets.
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