Do All Squirrels Have Rabies?

Many known wild animals have proven to carry rabies. Along with many other animals, you can find in your backyard, you should keep in mind that a squirrel can bite you. So, do squirrels carry rabies? And if you do get bitten, what is the best course of action?

Squirrels and Rabies

Generally, squirrels do not carry rabies, but you should keep in mind that perhaps they might. All warm-blooded mammals may carry rabies, so you must be cautious at all times. Squirrels though are not of the animals that will cause a rabies protocol in a hospital. It is highly unlike for a squirrel to bite you, however, if you get bitten, you should always check it in a hospital.

Squirrel Bites a Pet

If you have a pet that has been bitten by a squirrel, you should definitely take your pet to the veterinarian. You have probably already taken your cat or your dog for a rabies vaccine in the past. However, the doctor will be able to check the animal for a rabies infection. The local wildlife authorities should be also informed.

Squirrel Bites You

If you somehow get bitten by a squirrel, you need to inform the local hospital about the specific conditions. In order to treat you properly, you have to tell them about the squirrel’s behavior. You will not trigger the hospital’s protocol, but they should know either way. If the squirrel had foams in his mouth, this is a must tell evidence.

You will get the necessary antibiotics, and they will treat your wound properly. You probably need to stay in a few hours in order to wait for the test results as well. After that, you will be free to go home.

Bite Infection

There are no reports about an infected bite. However, after bitten, you should not neglect going to a hospital. The squirrel can bite you really deep, so medical attention is necessary. Make sure that the wound will not get infected and follow all of the doctor’s recommendations.

Keep in mind that it is very unlikely for a squirrel to get rabies from any other animal. So, try to keep calm if you have been bitten recently. Simply visit your doctor or the local hospital and do what’s necessary.

Squirrel as a Pet

If you decide to have a squirrel as a pet, you should know that there is no difference than any other pet. You have to take it to the veterinarian and have him vaccinated. The doctor will offer to your pet all the necessary attention and medication. Keep in mind that squirrels have a very strong jaw. Even if they seem small and elegant, they are wild animals. Therefore, you must be careful when you play with them at all times.

All in all, you are safe from a squirrel bite, as you won’t get any rabies. However, precaution dictates that you must see a doctor as soon as possible. If a rabies outrage has been recently spotted in your area, it is best to avoid any squirrel contact.

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