Rabies, an Ancient but Preventable Killer

By Susan Aiello • Published: November 1st, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

Although first recognized centuries ago, rabies remains a scourge today. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, which means it can pass from animals to people, often through a bite. Several thousand animal cases and a few human ones are reported in the United States each year.

Fortunately, this killer virus is totally preventable by following a few simple tips. Vaccinate all dogs and cats, which are the main carriers to people. Don’t let pets roam where they can contact skunks, bats, foxes, raccoons or other wild animals. Never feed unknown creatures or entice them to approach people.

Wash all bite and scratch wounds immediately with large amounts of soap and water. Getting prompt medical help can spell the difference between life and death.

So, don’t take any chances. Call your vet today and make sure all your pets are currently vaccinated.