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Rabies

Signs

A change in behaviour

An unexpected change from normal behaviour can be one of the first signs noted. This includes abnormal and exaggerated responses

Limb weakness and incoordination

This relates to a gradual weakness and paralysis as the virus travels through the nervous system

Salivation

The virus spreads to the salivary glands and is excreted in saliva so that it can be spread through biting others. The virus also paralyses the vocal cords and prevents swallowing so that the tone of the bark changes and excessive drooling occurs

A change in behaviour

An unexpected change from normal behaviour can be one of the first signs noted. This includes abnormal and exaggerated responses

How is it spread? 

Rabies is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal with high virus concentrations in its saliva.

Prevention and Control

The requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) enable travel between countries in the EU as well as a number of listed countries. They apply to dogs, cats and ferrets and are very strict regarding rabies boosters and if a pet owner wishes to keep their animal registered, its vaccinations must be kept up-to-date.

It is important to consider that if a pet is regarded a resident in a particular country being visited that the rules governing rabies vaccination in the country may be different from those needed for travel. Check with a veterinary surgeon in the individual county visited regarding their specific requirements should a stay longer than a short holiday be contemplated.

At the time of writing the situation regarding Brexit continues to be fluid. Therefore it is wise to check with your vet for the current advice, and for copies of leaflets and further guidance on taking pets abroad, please contact the Pet Travel Scheme Helpline on 0870 241 1710, or your local vet.

You can also visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit