Rabies: the 411

Rabies: the 411

  • Rabies is a deadly diseases caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system.  The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal.
  • Only mammals can get rabies; birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians do not.  Most cases of rabies occur in wild animals, but your pet can be infected from the feces of the wild animals in your yard, bushes etc or from a bite from an infected animal.
  • Symptoms include:  fearfulness, aggression, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, staggering, and seizures.
  • Due to strong vaccination protocols and laws in each state, the incidence of rabies has drastically decreased.  The state of Indiana requires rabies vaccination proof in all cats and dogs.  Please be aware of the fines and penalties that you may incur if your pet bites someone and is not current on it’s rabies.
  • Please be understanding to our staff when we ask for vaccination records even when seeing your sick pet.  Ill pets are the most likely to nip and bite veterinarian staff because they don’t understand why we are “hurting” them to examine.  lf staff are bitten, your pet must be quarantined and/or euthanized for analysis of rabies.
  • Under Indiana law, all dogs, cats and ferrets older than 3 months of age must be vaccinated against the rabies virus. State law allows the use of 1-year and 3-year vaccines according to approved label directions. (NOTE: Some localities throughout the state may have stricter local laws.) The vaccine must be administered by a licensed and accredited veterinarian only.

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