How to Prevent Rabies

Rabies is the disease that is caused to all the warm-blooded animals. When an infected animal bites another animal then infection is transmitted to the other animal. The virus that is transmitted to animals replicates within the wound and spreads. Most of the times rabies is transmitted through dog bites. Therefore it is necessary that the pet owners know how to prevent rabies.

When an infected dog bites a person, the virus may incubate in his body for few months. This virus causes damage to the central nervous system (CNS) that can be fatal.

Some of the symptoms shown during the early stages of the virus infection are headache, fever, lethargy, mania, etc. It also decreases the ability of oxygen supply to the heart by the body causing the death of a person.

Here are some tips that will be helpful for you to prevent rabies.

  • Vaccines should be given to both humans as well as dogs to prevent the risk of virus infection. These vaccines help in building an immune system that helps in increasing the resistance against rabies virus.
  • Handle your pets safely and teach this to your children as well. Take them to the vets periodically and keep their vaccinations up-to-date.
  • If you find any sick or infected stray dogs nearby, report it to the local authorities to treat such dogs. Usually a change in behavior is noticed in dogs that have been infected by the rabies virus. If you find such dogs, then register a complaint immediately.
  • Do not keep your dogs untidy. Clean them regularly using a disinfectant soap and water. Make sure that the dog does not go into any dirty and infected places. Infection is easily caused to the dogs that are not healthy and live in unhygienic conditions.
  • Feed your dogs a healthy diet. If they are not getting all the necessary nutrients then their resistance towards the infections decreases gradually. This decreases their immunity and makes them susceptible to such diseases.
  • You should also handle dead animals safely. If you find any dead animal around you, report them to the public authorities immediately.
  • If you want to bury such dead animals, make sure that you handle them wearing gloves and also cover your mouth properly using a mask.
  • Wash your hands properly after you have handled such animals.
  • You should also wash your hands every time before eating and after touching your pets.
  • Avoiding bites from a rabid animal is the best way to prevent yourself from inheriting the disease.
  • If you have been bitten by a dog, then take proper medication as early as possible. Injections are available that help you prevent yourself from any infections.
  • Avoid unwanted off springs from your pets by adapting some preventive methods for them as it is difficult to handle lots of pets together..
  • Do not stay in close contact with your pets. This increases the risk of transmission of the infection to you.

The best measure to prevent rabies is not to have pets in your house if you don’t have enough knowledge about pet care. Try the tips given above if you have pets in your house and are having fear of contracting the disease.

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