One of the challenges that a wildlife removal worker will one day face is a rabid raccoon, dog,
bat or skunk. Rabid animals that snarl and shows their sharp fangs with dripping saliva. Not only the bite could be painful, but the rabies virus can be deadly to a host if left untreated. Here are the eight facts you may want to know about rabies and wildlife.
A Short History of Rabies
Our ancient folks and ancestors had been already dealing with rabies virus. Aristotle and Xenophon mentioned rabies as occurring in the old Anatolia (Turkey today). Ancient Greek doctors used the seahorse toxic stomach acid as a potion for boys bitten by the rabid dog. Unfortunately, this effort failed, and the kids died. Succeeding physicians suggested different forms of medications during the medieval period, 16th, 17th and 19th century but not of them succeeded. An increase in the research and modernization of medicine led to the accurate diagnosis of rabies. In fact, as of 2010, the required injections for rabies treatment fell from 20 to 4.
Warm Blooded Animals that can be infected with Rabies
Small mammals such as rodents
Signs of Rabies Infection in dogs
Changing bark tone
Hydrophobia or fear of water
Mandible and larynx paralysis
Signs of Rabies Infection in humans
Incubation period: no symptoms<
Second phase: 2 to 10 days
Acute neurological phase - 2 to 7 days: disorientation, hallucinations, neck stiffness, hyperactivity, hydrophobia, paralysis
Coma - 0 -14 days
When you got a bitten by a rabid dog, raccoon or bat, you must immediately wash the wound area with soap and disinfected with ethanol antiseptic. Afterward, immediately take PEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis to ensure that you are 100% safe from viral infection. PEP is a medication or vaccine administered to prevent the virus from spreading and replicating in the body.A dose of 1.0 ml is injected in the deltoid region (the rounded contour of the shoulder). PEP should also be given to workers who are always in contact with animals. Professionals and employees such as veterinarians, wildlife removal technicians, and zoo keepers should take PEP. The rabid animal must be captured for observation.
Preventing rabies is more than just addressing the rabid animal and its bite. Effective rabies prevention also goes to preventing wild animals from using your house as their extension. Trim hedges, cover chimneys and holes which can serve as the entrance for wildlife. Observe garbage segregation and cover bins to prevent wildlife nuisance. Contact a reliable wildlife removal service that can actually prevent raccoons or bats and any possible animal virus carrier.Contrary to the myth that only ferocious animal has rabies, tame looking animals may also be rabid.
Vaccinate your pet and kept the vaccination record. Feed your pets indoors to avoid leaving food leftovers that can attract stray animals such as feral dogs and cats. Ensure that your pets do not interact with stray animals. Immediately report stray cats, dogs and wildlife nuisance to wildlife removal services.