If a bite breaks the skin, the virus can enter the bloodstream. It can also get through an open wound exposed to an infected animal’s saliva, usually by licking. While canine rabies can be transmitted from pets, it most commonly comes from contact with wild animals such as bats, raccoons, and foxes.
Contrary to what many people believe, not all dogs have rabies. Speaking on Wednesday’s 24 Oras show, Kuya Kim said dogs are not born with the deadly viral disease. However, they can become infected with the rabies virus if bitten by an infected animal.
How do pets get rabies? Pets get rabies if they are bitten by an infected animal or come 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.
Physical signs of rabies in dogs to look out for include fever, difficulty swallowing, excessive drooling, staggering, seizures and even paralysis. As the virus progresses, your dog may behave as if they are overexcited, meaning light, exercise and noise can all have negative effects.
The WHO also reports that domestic dogs cause around 99% of rabies cases worldwide.
Rabies is only transmitted through animal bites: FALSE.
Rabies is transmitted through contact with the saliva of an infected animal. Bites are the most common way rabies is transmitted, but the virus can be transmitted when saliva gets into an open wound or mucous membrane (such as the mouth, nose or eye).
You can get rabies from an infected puppy, but only if it shows early signs of infection and has not been vaccinated.
Even in animals that carry rabies, the virus is not entirely fatal; 14% of dogs survive.