Most pet owners associate rabies with dogs. The incidences of rabies in canines are decreasing. This is attributed to a rise in the number of dogs having their annual shots. Bats, raccoons, foxes, and skunks in the wild can contract rabies. While these are not conventional pets, they could bite a pet such as a cat or a dog. Once pets contract the virus, they can pass it onto their owners through saliva and biting.
In animals, the symptoms of rabies present with frothy saliva, fever, seizures, and an overall change in behavior. Once a human contracts rabies, they will experience excessive fever, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, and a loss of appetite. Treatment for humans with rabies involves a series of post-exposure shots. Keeping pets’ vaccinations up to date will help to prevent the spread of rabies. If rabies is suspected, seek immediate medical attention. A lack of treatment could prove fatal.