School starts here tomorrow. And as bad as I feel for saying it…I can’t wait. I need some routine, some down time, some “regular” stuff. You know?
Just when I thought a week of plane crashes, hospital stays and sick little boys was looking up, fate stepped in. Big Bro was bit by a dog at the local park. Said dog had no vaccinations. It all adds up to Big Bro having to be on a round of antibiotics for the sore, and the dog being quarantined for 10 days to watch for signs of rabies. Even indoor pets need vaccinations. (Let’s not even get to why an “indoor” pet was at the park.)
For those that don’t know…let me explain to you what rabies all entails.
- Rabies attacks the brain and spinal cord. If it is not prevented, it WILL cause death.
- This year, more than 55,000 people will die from rabies. That’s one person every 10 minutes.
- Rabies is 100% preventable. There are vaccinations for animals and treatment for humans that are in contact with infected animals.
- It can only be passed through saliva, not blood.
- More than 40% of the people bitten and affected are children under the age of 15.
- Dogs are the source of 99% of human rabies death.
- There are no tests available to diagnose rabies infection in human prior to the onset of clinical disease.
Well, enough of that, I think you get the point. Rabies is serious, rabies is deadly, and it’s simple to prevent. This is all a situation that didn’t need to occur. So please, have your pets properly vaccinated and cared for by veterinarians. If you can’t afford to do that, then do your animal a favor, and find them a new home.
I will know within 10 days if we have to go through the rabies series with Big Bro. Sooner if the animal dies between now and then. Is it likely that the dog has rabies? No, but even “indoor” pets can have contact with disease-carrying animals. Is it likely that the animal will get sick? No, but with a 100% fatality record, it’s not worth the risk.
What a way to start the week…and the school year!