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About Rabies In Jack Russell Dogs

Feb 5, 2008
Years ago, one of our neighbor's Jack Russell dogs suffered from rabies. During those times, my mom keeps on reminding us not to go out or not to go near the dog to prevent us from being bitten. Though I didn't know much about rabies that time, I followed because I was so scared to die.

Also called hydrophobia, rabies is a viral disease affecting warm blooded animals. This disease targets the nervous system causes encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. The virus is spread through saliva from the bite of an infected animal. The disease is proven very dangerous once transmitted to humans.

Other animals such as bats, monkeys, raccoons, foxes, skunks, cattle and wolves are also affected with this disease. This disease can also be transmitted through other means such as aerosol, transplant surgery and in rare cases, through kisses.

When an infected animal bites a human, the virus enters then peripheral nervous system. It will then travel along the nerves in the direction of the central nervous system. When the virus reaches the brain, it will immediately lead into encephalitis. Infected person is also at high risk of myelitis or inflammation of the spinal cord.

As what my mother said many years ago, this disease is incurable and will lead to death. Well, she is right because there is still no known treatment once the disease develops in humans.

There may be no known treatment for rabies but surely there are ways to prevent this. Vaccination is one of the most widely used preventive measures when talking about rabies. An animal should have his dose of anti-rabies vaccination at a proper age. Coordinate with your veterinarian for the anti-rabies vaccination of your Jack Russell dogs. To prevent rabies in people, contact with animals, especially wild animals should be avoided.

Rabies infection can be a very serious problem but when caution and prevention is taken, there is no way you and your dog will endure this problem.
About the Author
Richard Cussons is a writer and a dog expert. He has written articles concerning different breeds of dogs. Want to learn more concerning Jack Russell training? Check out this site dedicated to Jack Russell Terriers.
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