Rabies – May is Rabies Awareness Month

Picture of animals lined up

What is Rabies?       

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of warm-blooded mammals, including humans.

How Can I get it?      

People may be exposed to rabies through contact with the saliva of an infected animal (usually a bite or scratch).

What will I see if an animal has Rabies?    

  • Abnormal behavior (wild animals may seem friendly or pets may become aggressive)
  • Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
  • Signs of paralysis (difficulty walking, eating, or drinking)

An animal can transmit rabies Before showing any symptoms, Always Avoid  animals that are acting strange or that you don’t know.

How do I protect my pets?

Vaccinate your pets and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date

What if I’m exposed?           

Treatment for humans is available before symptoms start.

Always Report the bite as soon as possible. 519.352.7270 ext. 2902