Rabies is a deadly viral disease that every pet owner needs to be aware of. While rabies is not the most common virus, protecting your pet against it is essential. Vaccinating your pet is an easy way to prevent rabies from being a life-threatening condition. At Lenox Hill Veterinarians in New York, we offer the rabies vaccine as part of a core vaccination schedule for both dogs and cats. Here's what you need to know about rabies and how our veterinary team can help.
What Is Rabies?
Rabies is a virus that aggressively attacks the central nervous system. It is carried in saliva, which is why the condition is transmitted so easily via bites by infected animals. Warm-blooded creatures like dogs, cats, and even humans are at risk of rabies infections. Once an animal or human starts showing symptoms of rabies, the disease is often fatal. That's why it's essential to prevent your pet from ever getting rabies by ensuring he or she is vaccinated.
Signs of Rabies
It's important to understand the signs of rabies infections to know when your pet needs emergency care. You should bring your pet to our veterinary clinic as soon as possible if you notice:
- Excessive Drooling
- Awkward Gait
- Difficulty Swallowing
These are signs that your pet may have already contracted rabies. However, rabies vaccinations prevent this viral disease from being life-threatening.
The best way to avoid rabies is not only to keep your pet inside and away from harmful animals. However, whether you have an indoor or outdoor animal, all pets are at risk of rabies infections, making vaccinations essential. Booster doses for rabies are required every six months to two years to keep your pet well protected.
What to Do if Your Pet Is Bitten
If your pet is bitten, the first thing you need to do is call our veterinary team. We can tell you if you should bring your pet in for emergency care. Even if your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, you should bring your animal in for a professional assessment. Our veterinarians will assess your pet for any potential health risks and work to ensure he or she is well-protected in the future.
Visit Our Animal Hospital for Preventative Care in New York, NY
Lenox Hill Veterinarians in the Upper East Side of Manhattan provides professional veterinary care, including annual shots and wellness exams. Our animal hospital also offers preventative care so that your pet can avoid dying from rabies. Call our veterinary office today to schedule your pet's next appointment or to learn more about your animal's vaccination schedule.