All dogs and cats must be vaccinated for Rabies!
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including humans. Rabies attacks the central nervous system. The virus lives in the saliva of rabid animals. Rabies can be transmitted through a bite or scratch by introducing saliva, from an infected animal, into a cut or open wound in the skin, eyes, nose or mouth.
What animal can get rabies?
Only mammals can get rabies, not birds or reptiles. Skunks, bats, foxes, raccoons, dogs, cats and some farm animals are the most likely to get rabies. Rabbits, opossums, squirrels, rats and mice seldom get rabies, but these animals are not immune from getting rabies
What are the signs of Rabies in an animal?
It is impossible to determine 100% if an animal has rabies just by looking at it. The first sign of rabies is usually a change in the animal's behavior. Some signs can include friendliness in wild animals, unprovoked rage or aggression in any animal, rear leg weakness, excessive salivation and almost any behavior that is unusual for that species. Not all nocturnal animals out during the day are rabid. Depending on the time of year the animal may be out foraging for food for itself or it's young or it could have become trapped in a shed or garage the night before. If you see an animal that you are concerned about contact the animal control office for assistance.