There was a horrific movie made at the end of the 20th Century about a dog. It depicted in detail the agony of rabies from first bite to death. What made this story so sad was that this event is happening throughout the country and in Milwaukee.
The story is about a gentle giant who is bitten by an animal carrying rabies. It is evident that the dog was bitten having a large wound on its face. The dog and its wound was ignored and the stages of this agonizing disease was graphically depicted.
Rabies can be controlled with regular immunization. These vaccines are available at all veterinary clinics throughout Milwaukee. Bayshore Animal Hospital and the Wisconsin Humane Society are only two of the many to choose.
This is an old disease and until the mid-1880’s it was fatal to all animals that were infected, including humans. This is still the prognosis if vaccine is not administered. In 1885, Louis Pasture injected his vaccine into a young boy and successfully prevented his death from rabies. After four years of testing, the vaccine was distributed to the general public.
It is a fast acting virus that attacks the nervous system. There are two strains, furious and paralytic. The first causes erratic behavior, the second weakness, loss of coordination and paralysis. There are three stages to the disease, the firsts shows mild signs of these two symptoms lasting one to three days. The second stage shows extreme, overt symptoms followed by death. These symptoms are the same in all mammals, dogs, cats, humans, etc.
Immediate attention needs to be administered if your pet or any family member has been bitten and shows signs of fever, change in voice, fear of water, difficulty swallowing, and other symptoms.
Rabies is easily prevented by regular vaccination. If a human is bitten by a rabid animal, usually an infected dog or cat, but this virus is also carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, ferrets and bats take the person to an emergency clinic or hospital immediately.
Milwaukee pet owners must be observant and watch your pet for any fresh wounds. It will help to keep the community safe.