Rabies in your Pets

There are about as many misconceptions about Rabies, in the United States,  as there are plans among our politicians for resolving the national debt. It is way beyond the scope of this short article to cover all of your questions but let me give you some really solid facts.  During 2011 there were 49 states and Puerto Rico that reported 6,031 rabid animals to the Center of Disease Control.  There were a total of 6 rabies cases reported to the CDC in humans, 3 of which were variants acquired outside of the United States.  Of all the animal cases 92% were in wildlife, with raccoons, skunks, and bats  making up about 83% of the total.

Although I would really love to tell you that rabies has been totally eradicated in domestic animals, it is not true.  We have made huge strides in the last 30 or 40 years, here in the United States,  but we still have work to do.  It is imperative that you visit your veterinarian regularly so that your pets will remain protected.  If not treated in a timely fashion rabies is an absolutely fatal disease. It is easy for us to become complacent since we just don’t see a huge number of rabies cases, but I have seen first hand the problems associated with non-vaccinated pets that have tangled with wildlife.

The current killed virus vaccinations used in domestic animals in the United States are extremely protective and safe.  Don’t dare risk a potential life threatening situation. Keep your domestic pets and farm animals appropriately vaccinated.  When you go by for your rabies vaccination have your veterinarian take a quick look at your pet.  You will be surprised what a wealth of information your veterinarian will supply.

Our information is not intended to replace the advice of your veterinarian.  Do not use this information for diagnostic purposes. Always take your pet to your veterinarian to obtain a diagnosis and course of treatment.