pet health


Question by  James123 (36)

Can a gerbil get rabies?

Do they need a shot?


Answer by  traumatised (3285)

Acording to most health gencies, gerbils are among the animals that almost never get rabies, especially if they are kept indoors. They do not need a shot. If you suspect that your pet may have been exposed to rabies, or is acting ill, then get him/her to a trained exotics vet - who specialises in rodents - for a checkup.


Answer by  Meowzer (392)

Any mammal can potentially get rabies if exposed. However, it is almost unheard of in gerbils as they live indoors in a caged environment with virtually no contact with the outside world. There are no vaccines for gerbils or other rodents for rabies or otherwise.


Answer by  Lottadogs (1258)

In theory any species can get rabies but rodents typically do not. Rabies is transmitted by bite or saliva exposure by a sick animal. Gerbils are not vaccinated.


Answer by  aussiegirl (711)

Any mammal can contract rabies, how ever gerbals are raised in captivity and therefore not likely to ever be exposed to it. If a gerbal is attaked by an animal with rabies it is unlikely to survive. Speak to your vet if you are still interested in a shot.


Answer by  JSmith0330 (616)

Rabies is a disease that can affect all mammals. Call your vet to see what types of shots your pet may need.


Answer by  worker2746 (2434)

Any animal can get rabies. A gerbil doesn't require a rabies shot if the other animals in your home have them.

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