Anti-vax pet owners opposing rabies shot. That’s concerning to vets.

Vaccine hesitancy has spread to pet owners in recent years, sparking concerns about the resurgence of rabies, a virus that is almost always fatal.

Some pet owners oppose vaccinating dogs – due to fears that vaccines will shorten dogs’ lifespans or the belief that vaccines can cause autism in dogs. But the spectrum of autism symptoms is uniquely human, and experts say anti-vaccination campaigns among dog owners are particularly dangerous given the public health consequences of rabies.

“While fortunately we don’t see a lot of rabies, the consequences are dire,” Dr. Rena Carlson, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, told USA TODAY. “It’s basically 100% fatal. It is therefore very important to have a rabies vaccine for your cat and dog on several levels.

The AVMA’s Carlson stressed how important it is for people to talk with their veterinarians about the vaccine and the risks a pet faces if not vaccinated.

What is rabies?

Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites or scratches someone, invading the mammals’ nervous system. The virus becomes particularly dangerous when it reaches the brain. The incubation period can last several days or more than a year.

When rabies enters the brain, it causes flu-like symptoms that make animals rabid and develop brain swelling. The disease becomes fatal when an infected person or animal suddenly loses breathing and heart function.

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