Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect many different mammals. It is transmitted via the saliva, usually through bite wounds. Once infected and showing signs of the disease, death typically occurs within 10 days. There are no effective treatments once signs are evident. Dogs and cats may become infected through bite wounds from other animals, including skunks, raccoons, foxes, bats and other dogs and cats. Wildlife (especially bats) can get into houses and potentially infect pets and people. The rabies vaccination is very effective at preventing this disease and should be administered to all dogs and cats to protect their lives as well as the people they come in contact with.
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