Rabies is a fatal incurable viral disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. All mammals including dogs, cats and humans can be infected. They are transmitted in the saliva of infected animals through bite wounds. Bats are the major carriers of rabies and can infect dogs and cats. Infected pets can spread the disease to other pets and humans

When a pet has rabies, early signs include sudden behavioural change (docile to being aggressive or from being calm to restless). Observable physical signs include fever, loss of appetite, weakness, difficulty in swallowing, and hyper-salivation. Foaming at the mouth due to excess salivation, seizures and paralysis are seen at the final stage of the disease.

When should my pet get Rabies vaccine?

The rabies vaccine is given to puppies and kittens when they are between 3 – 6 months of age depending on the demography and peculiarity of the pet. It’s a single shot vaccine that protects your pet for 12 months after which a booster shot is given annually.

How do I prevent rabies?

Vaccination is the most effective way of preventing Rabies. In addition, keep your pets from coming in contact with wild mammals or stray pets. Also, Avoid bat infested areas. Keeping a pet without rabies vaccination is putting your entire household and neighbourhood at risk of rabies disease.

What should I do if I suspect rabies in my pet?

Rabies is a zoonotic disease and it is of public health importance. If you suspect you pet has rabies, avoid contact and bites and inform your local veterinarian immediately.