Signs and Symptoms of Rabies

As most of you have heard in the news there has been an increase in raccoon rabies in our area. 76 positive cases in our area is very significant finding as well as 19 positive cases in skunks.

We here at Clappison Animal Hospital would like our clients to know the concerns around rabies.  Our first concern is always your pet’s health and safety.

Here are some facts about Rabies:

  1. The word rabies originates from a Latin word that means “to rage”
  2. Rabies is spread through saliva
  3. Rabies incubation period varies from pet to pet
  4. Any mammal can get rabies
  5. Most common carriers of rabies are raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes

Symptoms of Rabies could be very vague

Initially the symptoms are fever, lethargy, headaches along with pain or a pin prick like feeling around the site of the wound. Within a few days as the condition progresses it results in a fatal inflammation of the brain and the spinal cord resulting in symptoms like anxiety, confusion and agitation. This then progresses to a state of delirium, hallucinations and insomnia.

Here at Clappison Animal Hospital we want to make sure your pet is up to date on their rabies vaccine. You may receive a call from us letting you know if your pet is behind on this vaccine. We are trying our best to let you know sooner than later. If you are concerned, please call the clinic at 905-689-8005.

By Christine Attridge-Hardy