Prison or cozy retreat?
I have an ulterior motive in this in that BLOG material gets picked up by the search engines and gives me lots of back links to my site whenever people do searches on topics such as, "Do Squirrels Carry Rabies. Now to the question. Again, the short answer is "No" squirrels do not carry rabies.
Now, if the question were asked, "Can squirrels get rabies? In order for a squirrel to get rabies, it would have to hang around with animals that are common carriers. Many of the animals that would carry rabies are arch enemies of squirrels, and they avoid them like the plague.
Plus, a squirrel is so quick at evasion and with degree vision, the chances of them being bitten by a rabid animal are very remote. Most animals that carry rabies, if they ever got hold of a squirrel would more than likely kill it, so there would end the possibility of it carrying and transmitting the disease.
When people come to the Emergency Room with a squirrel bite, it is one of the few bites that does not trigger a rabbis vaccine protocol. The last bite I had was from a male I was trying to release.
He wanted me to stay in the cage with him, and I had other things to do. He kept jumping on me and would not get off. After several attempts to get him to jump off onto one of the limbs in our release cage, he got upset with me trying to brush him off and he ran up to the top of my head and bit deeply into the back of my skull.
When I reached up to pull him off, he bit me on the knuckle of my right middle finger, and he bit deep, completely encircling the extensors tendon of that finger.
I was working that night in the ER and I showed our doctor the hand wound and she was horrified and wanted to put me on two antibiotics to prevent infection.
Long story short, I never needed the antibiotics. It stayed sore for a couple of days because he did tweak the tendon, but it never got infected and was healed in less than a week. There are also no vaccinations that I know of that squirrels need to take.The city’s service has received nearly 14, calls about piles of poop, other human waste and dog feces since the beginning of the year.
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Build an outdoor dog potty area and save your grass from urine burn. Like every clever yet stubborn pre-teen, I eventually wore my mother down enough with begs, pleads, and whines until she caved.
But then, as soon as I was “allowed”, shaving my armpits lost its allure.