World Rabies Day Is Here!
In honor of World Rabies Day, we at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Gonzales hope to reach out to make sure our patients and community are aware of how to prevent rabies.
Rabies may seem like a problem from days gone by – however, Gonzales saw seven cases of rabies in 2016.
It’s important for pet owners to understand that rabies is fatal, and can easily be transmitted from animal-to-animal or animal-to-human through bites or body fluids. Rabies is also completely preventable by following these tips for rabies prevention!
Tips for Rabies Prevention
- Always keep your pets rabies vaccines current. Having your pet vaccinated isn’t just a matter of public health, it’s the law in most states. If your pet is bitten by a pet without a valid rabies vaccine, your pet will have to be quarantined for an extended period of time. If your pet’s rabies vaccine expires and your pet bites another pet, your pet will have to be quarantined and possibly euthanized. Don’t risk it! Keep your pets rabies vaccines current.
- Stay away from wild animals. Skunks, raccoons, and bats may be cute, but keep your distance – these critters are known to carry rabies. A dish of pet food left outside, or a trash can without a lid, will make your yard seem appetizing to scavenging animals. Keep your food items out of sight to make your home less appealing to wildlife. Never handle wild animals or allow your pets to play with wild animals, especially the corpses of deceased animals.
- Beware of stray animals. Wandering animals unknown to you can pose a risk to you and your pets. Pets infected with rabies may be overly friendly and approach you or your pets. Because rabies is not always apparent with a visual inspection, it’s better to steer clear of all animals wild or domesticated who are unfamiliar to you.
If you have questions about rabies prevention or need to schedule your pet’s next rabies vaccination, call Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Gonzales at 830-672-8387.