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How To Protect Your Family and Pets From Rabies This Summer

We have all been enjoying the warm weather. More people are outside savoring the sun, walking their dogs and just simply happy to be outdoors. However, this weather also allows for more possible encounters with wildlife that could potentially be carrying rabies. With 40,000 people exposed to rabies each year, it’s important to understand what this virus is and how you can protect your family and pets from it during the summer season.

What Is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral infection that can be spread through saliva. This infection is commonly spread through raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. You can identify if the animal has rabies by the abnormal behavioral changes and erratic movements. As the symptoms develop deeper the animal will acquire strong aggression, become hyperactive and attempt to bite anyone and anything it comes in contact with. The warning signs may not always be obvious such as foaming from the mouth or strange behavior so it is likely that if you hang around to take a second look, you might get bitten. Additionally, if you or a pet have been bitten and are not sure if the animal had rabies, you should immediately seek medical assistance because once symptoms start to arise, it may already too late to cure.

When the viral infection comes into full effect, it becomes all too clear that the animal is plagued with rabies. In this stage, the animal becomes hydrophobic preventing the ability to swallow, which makes the saliva to drip down from the mouth more known as foaming from the mouth. Lastly, the unfortunate animal will decease from respiratory arrest.

How To Handle Wildlife

The best answer is, don’t. They may be cute but you should adore them from afar rather than come into contact with them. However, it is understandable to be in a situation where you can’t avoid the animal like if the wildlife is stuck or hiding in your home, living under the porch or consistently in your yard. The best thing to do is contact Wildlife Control Services with experts who can provide safe wildlife removal services. If you feel that the animal in or around your home may be infected with rabies it’s important you tell the wildlife removal services to help them better prepare but it is also important that you get your family and pets out of the home until the animal is removed. When cleaning anything left behind, always wear protective gear such as gloves and a facemask.

Tips To Prevent Infection By Rabies

So with all this information, you shouldn’t be worried to go outside but be aware of the potential wildlife risks. The following are some tips to prevent potential risks while enjoying the summer sun:

  • Even if wildlife seem approachable, leave them be to avoid potential infections and diseases.
  • Never come into direct contact with wildlife or wildlife waste.
  • Teach your kids that the outdoor animals may be cute but they should be left alone.
  • If you see an abandoned wildlife baby it is important that you do not come into contact with the infant. The mother may still be near by just waiting for you to leave or ready to attack and protect the young.
  • Also, if you know that the mother is dead, still do not come into direct contact but call a wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Make sure when your pets are outside that you are watching them.
  • Try to not let your dogs off the leash, especially in areas with a lot of wildlife.
  • If you have outdoor cats, regularly check them for any bites that can be from rabid animals as letting the cat back in your home can harm the rest of the family.
  • If you notice an animal acting erratically or foaming from the mouth, get to safety immediately and call to have the animal removed.
  • You should also try to contact neighbors to warn them of the rabid animal.

What To Do If You Or Your Pet Is Bitten

Many wild animals can carry rabies and pass it to humans and pets, even if they do not appear to be sick. If you or a pet is bitten, even if the animal may not have rabies, you should seek medical assistance right away. However, before driving to the hospital or waiting for medical assistance to arrive, you should wash the wound with soap and water for around five minutes. According to Quora, Rabies slowly travels through the nerves from the infected area toward the brain. Until it gets there, the person will experience no symptoms (source). According to the CDC, there are fewer than 10 known human survivors of rabies once the symptoms appeared. The most important thing you can take away from this paragraph is that no matter whether the wildlife showed symptoms, you should always and immediately seek medical help.

Wildlife Control Services

If you notice you have wildlife in or around you home, it is important that they are removed to prevent the risk of rabies. Here ay Wildlife Control Services, we always strive to provide the customer and the wildlife with the safest and most effective management techniques at our disposal. We use ecologically sound and integrated control techniques in resolving human and animal conflicts. One area that Wildlife Control Services focuses on is Integrated Wildlife Management or IWM. IWM means looking at the whole picture in a given situation and combining several strategies for eliminating the problem.

If you need wildlife removal services, give us a call at 860-236-2683