- Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. In the United States, rabies is mostly found in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. However, in many other countries dogs still carry rabies, and most rabies deaths in people around the world are caused by dog bites.
- Skunks and bats are the wild animals that carry rabies in Minnesota. Dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and other domestic animals usually become infected after being bitten by a rabid skunk. People are generally exposed to rabies by bats, dogs, cats or livestock.
Rabies Prevention for our families
- Keeping dogs and cats up to date on their rabies vaccination will prevent them from acquiring the disease from wildlife, and thereby prevent possible transmission to your family or other people.
- Keep strays and wildlife (especially skunks and bats) away from pets and livestock
- Do not approach unfamiliar or wild animals; teach children to do the same
- Do not keep wild animals as pets
- Never leave children alone with any animal
- Report stray animals or animals acting unusual to local animal control
- Bat-proof your home
- Do not attract wild or stray animals to your home
How do we prevent Rabies in our pets?
- Vaccination is very effective in preventing Rabies. It is also very safe. In adulthood, vaccination is recommended every 3 years
- For vaccine sensitive dogs, annual blood titers can be done to make sure there are adequate antibody levels for protection (RFIT).
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