This preventable disease is transmitted through saliva in infected animals to humans or other animals who come in contact with them. 99% of rabies cases in humans are caused by dog bites.
Here are a few tips to prevent your pet from getting rabies:
- Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up to date.
- If your pet bites another person, call your veterinarian, as most states require that dog and cat bites to humans are reported, and proof of rabies vaccination is shown.
- If your pet receives a bite wound from another animal, call your veterinarian immediately
- Know your state's rabies law
The most common rabies carriers in the U.S. are raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. About 400 to 500 domestic pets contract rabies each year. Even if your cat never goes outdoors, it is still required by law to have a rabies vaccine. Some cats end up outdoors accidentally, so we want them to always be protected just in case that happens.
Please consult one of our veterinarians for more information and to schedule your appointment today.