Rabies - What You Should Know
Preventive measure against rabies
You are walking down the street and a typical stray dog suddenly rushes upon you, bites you and runs away. What are you going to do?
Having a companion pet - may it be a dog or a cat, can be pretty much amazing especially when you are alone. But how sure are you that the pet you are carrying every morning during your breakfast and every night when you come home from work, doesn't have rabies?
Isn't it wonderful knowing that you are safe to play with your favorite pet? Did you know that a single bite or even a simple scratch from an animal can cause you rabies? And it would be a fatal one. According to the World Health Organization in 2017, rabies causes thousands of deaths every year just because of limited access to health and veterinary systems.
Unfortunately, you can't tell if an animal has rabies by just looking at it. But some of the animals usually act strangely if they have rabies. Some of the animals can be very aggressive when they have rabies. They may even try to bite you without getting any clue, which could be dangerous.
Furthermore, rabies doesn't have a cure but it can surely be prevented. Follow us as we list down the most important things you need to do to prevent this disease.
1. Stay away from stray animals
Eye contact is one of the signs of aggression among stray animals. Look away and leave them alone. Don't even try to show them unnatural behavior or have contact with them. Don't try to carry, feed or attract them with unnecessary things.
2. Don't nurture wild animals as a pet
Taking wild animals is often an impulsive decision and you are not sure what quality of life they need. Many of us assume that if we find a baby wild animal, it needs help. You may be trying to help but the animal doesn't know that. They may appear to be friendly but they are more likely to be exposed with rabies and eventually attack others including your pet. Bringing them into your home exposes your whole family.
3. Vaccinate your pets
Always keep vaccinations up-to-date for all your pets. This is important not only to keep them from getting rabies but also to protect you, your family and even your visitors within your vicinity against dangerous viral and bacterial diseases.
4. Don't disturb them especially when they are eating
Pets can be your best friends, but they may suddenly bite you when they are angry or scared particularly when they are being disturbed. Some of them want to be hand-fed but wouldn't it be nice to eat in peace with little to no interruption?
5. Wound washing is essential
If an animal bites, you act quickly. The fatality is not measurable through the size of its wound. Immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water so it decreases the risk of spreading the infections. Then go straight to the hospital for appropriate medical attention.