How to Prevent Rabies in Dogs
Knowing how to prevent rabies is very important if you have a dog. In fact, Rabies is an infectious disease found on all continents, except for Antarctica. It affects warm-blooded animals and can be passed onto humans. This disease can be fatal for both animals and humans, however, it is very easy to protect our pets from it. At oneHOWTO we teach you how to prevent rabies in dogs which will, in turn, protect you too.
Although rabies is widespread and dogs can pass it on to humans, Europe and America are no way near as badly affected as Africa and Asia, the two continents with the highest rabies fatality rates, causing tens of thousands of deaths, according to the data collected by the World Health Organisation. Getting vaccinated in time for both for dogs and humans will prevent any future problems from arising.
Although it is good to protect your dog against rabies, you should know that cats, ferrets, bats and livestock in general are also at risk. Today, however, we will only focus on how to prevent our dogs from catching rabies. The most logical way to prevent rabies in dogs is to take your dog regularly to the vet, who will give them vaccinations at the appropriate time.
Of course, other than this simple, inexpensive and highly efficient measure, there are a number of recommendations which can help prevent and control rabies in dogs. One of the most important, contrary to what our hearts tell us, is that we must not take in abandoned animals.
If you find a dog that doesn't seem to belong to anyone or that shows signs of abandonment, alert the relevant authorities. They will take charge, collect the animal, and check over its health condition. If you don't do this, a bite, a lick or even a mere scratch could transmit rabies to you.
A rabid dog often appears aggressive and irate, foaming at the mouth or drooling excessively. Although this description fits most animals with rabies, in some cases infected dogs are also fearful, upset and strangely submissive. So be aware of this, because it is not so easy to recognise a rabid dog.
Do not bring animals into your country illegally and, of course, do not take animals who have not had the necessary vaccinations to other countries. Only buy or adopt dogs who have had their vaccinations and official papers in order, including their pet passport, and fulfil your obligation to vaccinate your dog each year.
Any dog that kills another animal or person must be taken to the health authorities immediately. They will be in charge of ruling out this disease and taking the necessary steps if they find that the animal does have rabies or any other condition.
If you are wounded by a dog, wash and disinfect the wound quickly, applying iodine, and see your doctor after doing so. In some areas there is a service specifically authorised to treat humans with rabies. If the dog belongs to someone, contact the owner in order to collect all the dog's legal information and, if not, alert the authorities.
Finally, if you are travelling to countries where rabies is widespread and there is a risk of infection, make sure you get vaccinated before flying in order to prevent rabies. By following these measures, most people and animals will get vaccinated, and your dog and you will be safe from rabies.
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