Stray animals pose a danger to the environment. They carry diseases and diminish the wildlife. Rabies can be transmitted by dogs and cats to humans, and other animals. Dogs also carry other diseases such as Parvovirus (parvo), and pass it on to other member of the canine family, like wolves, foxes, etc. Symptoms of parvo are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea, which can lead to sever dehydration. Parvo can be transmitted by any organism that comes into contact with the infected animal’s feces. The virus can last for months, surviving on non living surfaces such as food bowls or carpets, basically anywhere the excrement has touched. Un-vaccinated dogs can pick up the virus from random places in the street where the germs have lingered for months; make sure your dog is up to date on it’s shots.
Out of the diseases that can be spread, Rabies is one of the most dangerous, because it can be carried to both humans and animals, and only humans can be cured. Every year, rabies kills millions of animals across the world. After the symptoms of Rabies manifest, there is no cure. And there is no way to tell if an animal has contracted it until the physical signs appear, and by then it is too late.
By controlling our stray animal population we can help prevent the spread of diseases to native wildlife, and other pets.