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How can I recognize a rabid pet? 

 

Be cautious if you notice your pets lose their appetites or change their behaviour – especially if they become aggressive or sluggish.  While other diseases may cause similar behaviours, contact your vet immediately. 

  • Pet behaviours resulting from rabies are either described as “dumb rabies” or “furious rabies”.  With dumb rabies, pets become quiet or sluggish.  With furious rabies, pets become more aggressive, may bite other animals, their owners and other familiar people, as well as the wound site itself. 
  • The sound of a dog’s bark changes with the onset of paralysis of the throat nerves. Excessive drooling occurs because the dog or cat cannot swallow its own saliva. Following paralysis, death occurs generally from respiratory or cardiac arrest.

 

 

How long does it take after exposure for my pet to begin showing symptoms of the virus? 

 

The incubation period (the time between exposure to the virus and the onset of signs) can range from about two weeks to many months. Incubation time is dependent on many factors, including the location and severity of the bite and the strain of rabies.

 

 

What do I do if I suspect my pet might be rabid? 

  • Quarantine your pet (keep it away from contact with all humans and other animals) and call your veterinarian. 
  • Contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.

 

 

How can I protect my pets against rabies? 

  • Make sure to keep your pets’ vaccinations current.  This depends on the vaccine brand used on your pet by your veterinarian.  Some vaccine brands must be updated each year while some must be updated every three years.  The vaccinations administered through Pet Wellness Clinics are of a brand that must be re-administered on a three year cycle. 
  • Do not allow your pets to wander freely – especially at dark when they may come into contact with night roamers like foxes, skunks, bats and raccoons. 

Remember: even cats and dogs that are kept indoors must still be vaccinated against rabies!

You could be fined if you do not get your pet vaccinated against rabies! 

 

 

When is a rabid pet infectious?

 

Pets can transmit rabies once the virus is present in the saliva.  The rabies virus may be present in your pet’s for several days prior to the onset of visible symptoms.  Once the symptoms become noticeable, the animal usually dies within a few days. 

 

 

What happens if my pet bites someone?

 

In Ontario, the law requires dogs and cats be observed in quarantine after biting a person, depending on your pet’s vaccination history and the likelihood of exposure to humans and other animals.  During quarantine, your pet is observed for normal behavior and other symptoms of the disease.  For vaccinated pets, the observation quarantine period is usually around ten days, depending upon the age, health and previous vaccination history of your pet.  For unvaccinated pets, the observation quarantine period is usually six months.  If your pet is well at the end of the observation quarantine period, it may be released. 

Global Alliance for Rabies Control  “Understanding Rabies”  Monkey See.  June 16, 2009  [3:37] 

 

 

Global Alliance for Rabies Control  “Rabies Symptoms”  Monkey See.  June 16, 2009  [3:10]

 

 

Global Alliance for Rabies Control  “Rabies Diagnosis”  Monkey See.  June 16, 2009  [3:28]

 

 

Global Alliance for Rabies Control  “Preventing Rabies”  Monkey See.  June 16, 2009  [5:07]

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can I recognize a rabid pet? 

Be cautious if you notice your pets lose their appetites or change their behaviour – especially if they become aggressive or sluggish.  While other diseases may cause similar behaviours, contact your vet immediately. 

Pet behaviours resulting from rabies are either described as “dumb rabies” or “furious rabies”.  With dumb rabies, pets become quiet or sluggish.  With furious rabies, pets become more aggressive, may bite other animals, their owners and other familiar people, as well as the wound site itself. 

The sound of a dog’s bark changes with the onset of paralysis of the throat nerves. Excessive drooling occurs because the dog or cat cannot swallow its own saliva. Following paralysis, death occurs generally from respiratory or cardiac arrest.

 

 

How long does it take after exposure for my pet to begin showing symptoms of the virus? 

The incubation period (the time between exposure to the virus and the onset of signs) can range from about two weeks to many months. Incubation time is dependent on many factors, including the location and severity of the bite and the strain of rabies.

 

 

What do I do if I suspect my pet might be rabid? 

Quarantine your pet (keep it away from contact with all humans and other animals) and call your veterinarian. 

Contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.

 

How can I protect my pets against rabies? 

Make sure to keep your pets’ vaccinations current.  This depends on the vaccine brand used on your pet by your veterinarian.  Some vaccine brands must be updated each year while some must be updated every three years.  The vaccinations administered through Pet Wellness Clinics are of a brand that must be re-administered on a three year cycle. 

Do not allow your pets to wander freely – especially at dark when they may come into contact with night roamers like foxes, skunks, bats and raccoons. 

Remember: even cats and dogs that are kept indoors must still be vaccinated against rabies!

You could be fined if you do not get your pet vaccinated against rabies! 

 

 

When is a rabid pet infectious?

Pets can transmit rabies once the virus is present in the saliva.  The rabies virus may be present in your pet’s for several days prior to the onset of visible symptoms.  Once the symptoms become noticeable, the animal usually dies within a few days. 

 

 

What happens if my pet bites someone?

In Ontario, the law requires dogs and cats be observed in quarantine after biting a person, depending on your pet’s vaccination history and the likelihood of exposure to humans and other animals.  During quarantine, your pet is observed for normal behavior and other symptoms of the disease.  For vaccinated pets, the observation quarantine period is usually around ten days, depending upon the age, health and previous vaccination history of your pet.  For unvaccinated pets, the observation quarantine period is usually six months.  If your pet is well at the end of the observation quarantine period, it may be released.