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World Rabies Day – 9/28

World Rabies Day, the 28th of September each year, was created to both inspire activism and raise awareness against the disease.

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What is Rabies?
– Rabies is a viral disease that infects the central nervous system and causes inflammation of the brain.

How does it spread?
– Typically the disease is spread to humans by other warm-blooded animals; most commonly found in bats in Europe, North America, and Australia, and in dogs in Asia and Africa.

Symptoms?
– The first symptoms in humans are very flu-like, and can present themselves in 2 to 10 weeks. Symptoms may progress to include anxiety, confusion, insomnia, paranoia, and sometimes even hydrophobia (the fear of water).

Prevention?
– A simple vaccine from your vet will help ensure the health of you and your pet. Dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, and others should be vaccinated.

Have questions? Contact your local AZPetVet hospital location today!

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