Rabies is a virus that invades the central nervous system and produces an acute, progressive encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) that ends in death.
It is usually transmitted via the saliva of a rabid animal:
Through a bite, contamination of scratch wounds or via mucosal membranes. Rabies occurs only in mammals, so it is not present in birds, reptiles, amphibians or fish. Rabies can be transmitted from infected animals to humans, which makes it a serious public health concern.
Each year in Canada, approximately 3,000 people receive post-exposure treatment as a result of contact with rabid animals.
In 60% of those cases, the contact is with rabid dogs or cats.
Rabies has gained a strong foothold in Canadian wildlife, growing in prevalence over the past two decades. Foxes, skunks, and raccoons are amongst the most common carriers of the disease. The presence of these animals in urban and suburban environments means chance encounters with pets is a real possibility.
Tips for Pet Owners:
Following any exposure of your pet to an unvaccinated pet or wildlife, you should check for fresh bites or scratches and report any suspicious injuries to one of our veterinarians.
We cannot stress enough that Prevention is the Best Approach.
By, using a Rabie Vaccine, we can help ensure your Pet and Family’s Safety.