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Rabies: Facts And Prevention Tips

Maybe you took in that stray cat or dog for the night out of the goodness of your heart, or there was a bat flying around your home, and you grabbed it. If youíve been bitten or scratched by a wild animal, or your pet is acting unusual -- call your doctor immediately! You may have contracted rabies, a dangerous virus that affects the central nervous system of both animals and humans. The experts at AAA Pest & Wildlife are here to tell you more about this scary infection.

How Can You Get Rabies?

A person usually contracts rabies when they have been bitten by a rabid animal. However, it is possible to get rabies even if you donít see a bite mark. Small scratches can do it as well. People can also become infected by handling a rabid animal, or inhaling the virus, although these cases are rare.

People in the U.S. and Canada are most likely to get rabies from bats, but raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes are common carriers as well. The virus can sometimes spread to pets, such as dogs and cats, but this is rare since most household pets get the rabies vaccine.

What Are The Symptoms?

The symptoms of rabies in animals may include foaming at the mouth, drooling, or paralysis. If your pet has rabies, he or she may seem to have a change in personality.

For people, the symptoms may start as a fever and a sore throat or cough. As time goes on without medical intervention, a person may start having hallucinations and seizures. If not caught at the earliest sign of infection, it will lead to a coma, and then death.

How Can I Prevent It?

  • Have all of your pets vaccinated against rabies.
  • Do not touch or attempt to catch wildlife.
  • Avoid stray cats and dogs, and avoid contact with bats.
  • Do not touch a dead animal.
  • Secure open areas of your home -- chimneys, unscreened windows, etc.

The wildlife exclusion services and trapping and removal services at AAA Pest & Wildlife can help. If you suspect that thereís a rabid animal in your home, donít panic, but donít attempt to remove the animal yourself either. This is a complicated task better left to a professional. Give us a call if you suspect thereís a rabid animal in your home or on your property, and weíll come running! For more information, fill out our contact form or call us at (215) 796-5177.

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