Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the brain and nervous system of mammals. The good news is that your pets can be protected from rabies — all it takes is an up-to-date vaccination from their veterinarian.
Pets get rabies by getting bitten by, or coming into contact with the saliva of, an infected animal. Common rabid animals include bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes.
Once the rabies virus enters the body, it travels to the brain and attacks the nervous system. While we usually think of rabies showing signs immediately, depending where on the body a pet is bitten it can take 3-12 weeks (sometimes longer) for clinical signs to show. However, once symptoms begin, they are sudden and noticeable.
Take preventive measures to keep your pets safe from rabies: