Rabies is a disease that people can get from dog bites. Interestingly enough, rabies is one of the world’s most studied and well-researched diseases. Still, it is surrounded by countless myths and misconceptions. Debunking the myths and revealing the truth will help you prevent it as well as know-how to react when you get bitten by an unvaccinated animal. 

Rabies is a dangerous disease because it does not create symptoms first but becomes fatal later. The condition typically comes from an animal bite. After exposure, the victim feels weak and develops a fever, headache, and body discomfort. If you or your loved one is suffering because of someone else’s dog, meet with an Atlanta dog bite lawyer today. 

Common misconceptions about rabies in dogs 

  • Rabies is not preventable. 

Fortunately, we live in a time when the medical sciences have advanced. Rabies is a highly preventable disease in Atlanta. You can prevent rabies by vaccinating your dog as early as possible. However, some careless pet owners do not vaccinate their dogs and put themselves as well as everyone around them. 

  • Indoor dogs do not need to be vaccinated. 

Some people are of the misconception that dogs that always stay indoors do not need to be vaccinated. Even though wildlife is the main source of rabies, there is a chance that your dog has had contact with them and become a carrier itself. 

Moreover, there is a chance that your dog will get bitten and infected by a rabies carrier. So they should be vaccinated not only for your safety but for theirs as well. 

  • Rabies is no longer a problem in the US. 

Fortunately, with the advances in the medical field, rabies has become very rare in the United States. Only 1 to 3 cases of rabies are reported annually, and only 25 cases have been reported in the past ten years. Additionally, seven of these cases were acquired outside of US territories. However, it is noteworthy that although the problem is rare, it still exists. 

  • Rabies is only transmitted through a bite wound. 

Animal bites are the most common way rabies gets transmitted from animal to animal and animal to human. However, there are other ways of transmission as well, such as direct contact with their saliva. Aerosol transmission, contamination of mucous membranes, and organ transplantations are other ways. 

  • Washing a dog bite wound is useless. 

According to scientists, washing a dog bite wound thoroughly immediately after getting bitten can be one of the best things you can do to prevent rabies. However, simply washing won’t do; seek medical care urgently and start treatment.