Rabies shots are required in Spokane, WA and for good reason. They are given at most veterinary clinics such as the Garland Animal Clinic and also at Spokane’s Humane Society on North Freya.. Rabies is a harsh and brutal, perpetually fatal viral infection of the nervous system and it can affect all warm-blooded animals—including humans. Rabies is one of the most critical zoonotic diseases, because it is so highly contagious and without doubt fatal in pets and people. Polioencephalitis is the medical term for the effect of a rabies infection.
The medical signs of rabies can be fairly unpredictable, and nonconforming presentations are often more widespread than distinctive ones. The collection of clinical signs in what the “prodromal” (early) form of rabies are known to include behavioral and attitude changes. Cats become more anxious, isolated, angst-ridden, shy or aggressive, nervous There are also other types of inconsistent behavior, for instance, chewing, licking, biting, biting at a crate or kennel, snapping, wandering and roaming in a meaningless way, becoming highly strung and/or ill-tempered.
The paralytic phase of rabies, less common in cats than in dogs – may include sluggishness, “frothing at the mouth” and even changes in the pitch of vocalization.
The furious” form of rabies is seen in more in feline cases than in canine cases. It consists of aggression, biting, fierceness, paralysis, seizures and extreme sensitivity to sound and touch. Most affected cats develop and mounting paralysis proceeded by a period of aggression and mania. Some or all of these signs and forms of rabies can take place in the same animal; and they often do.
The rabies rhabdovirus is customarily is spread via the saliva of an infected animal, generally through a bite or through some admission into disrupted mucous membranes. Though it is possible it is rare for the virus to be aerosolized and distributed upon exposure to large colonies of infected bats. It is also infrequent, but possible is transmission by ingestion of infected tissues or through organ transplantation and. Apart from the method of entry, the virus replicates in muscle cells called “myocytes” and from there continues into the peripheral and central nervous systems. The virus is subject to destruction by vaccine-induced immune mechanisms when replicating in local tissue around the location of infection. Nevertheless, once it enters the nervous system, it is protected and will replicate rapidly. By the same token, infected animals have remarkable loads of virus in their saliva, which purportedly can be shed and infect other mammals up to 2-weeks before the animal shows clinical signs of disease. It can take from 2 weeks to 6 months for clinical signs to emerge from the time of the bite or other inciting episode. Regrettably, once clinical signs are evident, death almost unanimously occurs within 10 days.
Every cat should be vaccinated against the rabies virus normally after 12 weeks of age, again 1 year later and from there every 3 years (or else in conformity with applicable state regulations). Vaccination protocols are subject to change, so it is imperative to rely on your veterinarian for the correct vaccination schedule for your pet. Cats should be given killed or inactivated vaccines; experts discourage using modified live virus vaccines in cats. The rabies vaccine is very successful and is the best way to prevent this deadly disease in domestic felines. Cats in areas where foxes, skunks, bats or raccoons are present should not be permitted to go outside without supervision.