Amy R. Nickels,

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Once the rabies virus enters the body, it travels along the nerves to the brain.

Animals with rabies may show a variety of signs including fearfulness, aggression, excessive drooling or foaming of the mouth, staggering, and seizures. The most common signs are behavioral changes and paralysis.

Although there is no treatment once clinical signs appear, rabies is entirely preventable through vaccination. The possibility of exposure can also be reduced by spaying or neutering your pet, and by not allowing them to roam freely.

Tennessee law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies and their shots kept up to date. April is “Rabies Month” at our clinic, and therefore both dog and cat rabies vaccines are only $10.

Please call us at (931) 393-2707 to schedule your appointment today!