We have all heard so many different things about rabies that it’s tough to distinguish myth from truth. When puppies get their vaccinations, among these shots from the series is a rabies vaccination. All of us remember the movie Old Yeller don’t we?
First thing most people worry about if they are bitten by an animal is if this animal has rabies. Most animal control segments will quarantine domestic pets until either the proprietor can exhibit vaccination records or until tests could be completed showing that the animal does not have rabies. If at all possible, wild animals will be recorded and analyzed.
A couple of weeks ago I was at a place on the beach thats home to some wildlife, there are warnings all over the place advising people not to feed the squirrels. That’s for a few reasons. 1 reason is because people food is not great for squirrels and it teaches them how to beg for food from people instead of foraging for food like nature intended. Another threat is that, while even cute and cuddly, they are still wild animals and will bite you.
While I was seeing people ignore the “please don’t feed” signs, I overheard one daddy tell his kid, “look out, all of these have rabies.” Not all have rabies, but chances are that none of them have rabies. However, it’s a big but (no pun intended), even if one of the squirrels did have rabies it may be rather dangerous.
Let us begin with, what is rabies? May be obtained by any mammal. The virus is generally spread through the saliva of an animal which snacks and breaks your skin.
In animals, the virus may make them combative and extremely competitive. In humans and animals both, extreme muscle strain and soreness sets in, especially in the muscles related to eating. This may lead to intense thirst in both animals and people. Symptoms for animals will normally grow within 20 to 60 days after contracting the disease.
People will carry the virus for approximately 25 to 50 days prior to symptoms showing. People will typically suffer with headaches, extreme fatigue, muscle fatigue, and fevers. Once symptoms begin showing, it takes just a week or so before severe nervous system damage sets in. Once in that stage, it is possible a person with rabies will die. If properly managed, rabies is rarely fatal. Treatment should start before the symptoms set in.
There’s no reason to spread fear by thinking, I don’t feed the squirrels because I don’t want to make them reliant on people food and I don’t want to get bit. I am not so concerned about contracting rabies from them. Wash the wound with soap and water and head straight for your doctor or local emergency room so that they may be examined for rabies. For domestic animals, nevertheless have animal control get involved and affirm that the animal is in good health. Usually, domestic animals account for around ten percent of rabies cases.
Rabies is a really serious illness and you want to vaccinate your pets and protect yourself by using care when around unknown or wild animals or have Raccoon Removal by a professional. But, there is absolutely no need for all out dread and concern. Enjoy life and revel in our pet friends also.