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Rabies is a rare but very serious infection of the brain and nervous system.

It's usually transmitted via saliva from a bite or scratch of an infected animal. Rabies is usually found in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. The UK is free from rabies, but it has been noted that a small number of wild bats can carry it. Rabies is not part of the standard vaccination courses; however, a rabies vaccination may need to be given if your pet is travelling overseas. More information on travel and vaccinations for overseas travel can be found on the GOV website.

To book a vaccination appointment for your pet please call your local AAS Vets

Abbeydale: 01452 300596 

Quedgeley: 01452 722089 

Stroud Five Valleys: 01453 765304 

Hucclecote: 01452 612931

What is rabies?

Rabies is a rare but very serious infection of the brain and nervous system. It's usually transmitted via saliva from a bite or scratch of an infected animal.

What are the symptoms of rabies in dogs?

The UK is currently rabies free and it’s extremely unlikely for rabies to be infecting a pet unless they have travelled abroad or met an infected animal.

Symptoms of rabies can take several weeks to show but these include:

  • sudden behavioural changes – fearful, aggressive or attention seeking
  • muscle weakness
  • drooping face
  • excessive salivation or drooling
  • difficulty walking
  • noise sensitivity
  • light sensitivity
  • seizures.

How is rabies spread in dogs?

Rabies is usually transmitted via saliva from a bite or scratch of an infected animal.

How do you cure rabies in dogs?

Sadly, there is no treatment or cure for rabies. Vaccinations are the only prevention from this deadly infection.

How long does rabies vaccine last in dogs?

Rabies vaccines are usually required to be given annually but only for animals travelling to countries where it is present.

To speak to a vet about getting a rabies vaccination for your dog please contact us

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Abbeydale Veterinary Centre

Abbeydale Veterinary Centre
20 Glevum Way,
Abbeydale,
Gloucester
GL4 4BL

T: 01452 300596
E: abbeydale@aasvets.co.uk

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Quedgeley Veterinary Surgery

Quedgeley Veterinary Surgery
108 Bristol Road,
Quedgeley,
Gloucester
GL2 4NA

T: 01452 722089
E: quedgeley@aasvets.co.uk

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Stroud Five Valleys Veterinary Practice

Stroud Five Valleys Veterinary Practice
130 Cainscross Rd,
Stroud
GL5 4HN

T: 01453 765304
E: stroud@aasvets.co.uk

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Hucclecote Pets & Vets

Hucclecote Pets & Vets
51 - 53 Hucclecote Road,
Hucclecote,
Gloucester
GL3 3TL

T: 01452 612931
E: hucclecote@aasvets.co.uk

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