Rabies is primarily passed to dogs through bites from an infected animal, although an infected animal’s saliva — or even aerosolized saliva — can cause infection if it comes in contact with a dog’s open wound or any mucous membranes. It is important you contact Village West Veterinary, Chicago Animal Control, or Cook County Animal Control if you believe your dog has been exposed to a rabid animal like a raccoon, bat, skunk or rabid dog. Different regions of the United States have higher or lower numbers of wild animals infected with rabies, and the types of animals carrying infection can vary by region.
Rabies Symptoms in Dogs
From the time of infection to the time a dog will show symptoms of rabies, up to six whole months may elapse. This means that your dog may have been exposed to infection six months ago, but has acted totally normal until now. And now, your naturally very friendly dog is suddenly surprisingly apprehensive or aggressive, and it doesn’t want to eat or drink and it may hide from bright light or cower from noise. Dangerous biting or snapping are also frightening symptoms.
Rabies Prevention in Dogs
It is the law in the United States to keep your dog (and cat) up to date on their rabies vaccination! It will not only protect your dog’s health; it will also help protect YOU from detrimental accusations, fines, and court fees, if your dog bites a person or another pet. Stay up to date on your dog’s rabies vaccinations at Village West Veterinary.
Village West Veterinary Rabies Vaccinations
If you have any concern that your dog may not be vaccinated for rabies, and especially if you have a worry about rabies symptoms, please call Village West Vet for expert veterinary guidance. Our animal hospital, Village West Veterinary, is central to Ukrainian Village, West Town, River North, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Lincoln Park, and all points around and in between. We will do our best to get you through your rabies crisis!
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.