SPCA creates awareness of deadly rabies virus

Amanzimtoti SPCA has provided some informative tips to help pet owners identify the symptoms of rabies and learn how to control the virus.

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What is rabies?

Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and leads to the death of the dog or person involved.

Symptoms may vary widely and include:

  • Behavioural changes
  • Aggression
  • Salivation
  • Paralysis

 

 

Spreading of the disease:

The virus occurs in great numbers in the saliva of rabid animals.

How to control rabies:

  • Vaccination is the only protection.
  • Vaccinate your dogs and cats. Encourage other people to have their pets vaccinated too.
  • Do not allow your pet to roam the streets.
  • Report all suspect cases to your nearest vet, SPCA or state vet.

 

Rabies can affect all animals. Never touch or caress a strange or injured animal, or one that appears to be sick.

If you get bitten:

  • Thoroughly disinfect the wound.
  • Immediately consult a medical doctor or clinic.
  • Contact your nearest state veterinarian or animal health technician in your area.

 

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Holly Konig
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