Dr. Sydney Gillam is a veterinarian at Sierra Veterinary Clinic in Stockton, California. With her bachelors in Animal Science from Chico State University, and veterinary training at University College Dublin, Ireland, she is passionate about preventative medicine. When she's not at the clinic, she enjoys reading, ballroom dancing, and expanding her... culinary skills as an avid chef and amateur baker. More

Protect Your Pet From Rabies

During my first year here with Sierra Veterinary Clinic, I have learned a few things about Stockton pets. For example, many “itchy” pets have allergies more challenging to control than my own, chronic ear infections are my least favorite disease to tackle, and the requirement of a Rabies vaccination before treatment can be a surprise to our owners.

I completed my studies in Ireland where rabies is not evident; however, every person knew about Rabies and the risk it poses. While this dangerous disease is most commonly noted and shown in dogs around the world, we all forget or tend to ignore the human factor.

As a robust virus, the infection spreads via saliva and invades the central nervous system. Once the symptoms are detected, and a diagnosis of rabies is suspected, there is no known treatment and the outcome will likely be fatal. Recognizing rabies risk is often difficult to note in the United States because the most common carrier that will cross our path is a bat. A bite from a bat usually occurs overnight and is so small it will likely go unnoticed. This can be seen most dramatically as domestic and wild animals are only diagnosed once symptoms are present or after they have passed away.

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