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Pet Pause: Rabies

by Natalie Sparacio & Dolores Glytas

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (WAOW)--  Any mammal can get rabies. The most common wildlife carriers are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes.

Rabies virus is transmitted through saliva and brain tissue. Only these specific bodily excretions and tissues transmit the rabies virus.

Contact such as petting or contact with blood, urine or feces does NOT constitute an exposure.

 Any animal bitten or scratched by either a wild carnivorous mammal or a bat that is not available for testing should be regarded as having been exposed to rabies.  

 How can you prevent rabies in animals?

   1st –take your pet to the veterinarian on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, dogs and ferrets.

   2nd  maintain control of your pets to reduce their exposure to any wildlife.

   3rd spay/neuter your pets to help reduce the number of stray animals.

   4th  report any stray or ill animals to animal control.

Children are often at greatest risk from rabies since they are more likely to be bitten by dogs, and are also more likely to have multiple bites in high risk areas of the body.

Two scenarios of possible exposure to rabid wildlife:

Your dog is let out at night and is bit by a bat comes in and you would never know.

The family camping trip --  all are exposed to wild life in the woods.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio


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