Chances are you don’t think about rabies much—after all, most dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated and because of that, the disease is not as common or widespread as it once was. However, rabies is still very much a danger for pets and people and as deadly as ever.
A few facts to know: Rabies remains a major concern worldwide, with approximately 59.000 people killed by the disease each year. In the U.S, some 30,000 to 60,000 people are treated preemptively for rabies after exposure to animals suspected of carrying the disease. So far in 2018, there have been 11 confirmed cases in Oregon, all of them in bats.
Fortunately, some simple precautions will help keep your pet and family safe. The single most important thing you can do is to keep up with your furry friend’s vaccinations. While mandatory vaccination of dogs has virtually eradicated the disease in canines, cats have become the most common domestic animal infected with rabies. Even indoor cats should be vaccinated as bats can get into the house and cats have been known to escape.
Spaying or neutering will also help, as intact pets are more likely to wander. Finally, when walking your dog, don’t let him approach wild animals.
If you suspect your pet was bitten or exposed to a possible rabid animal or need to schedule a vaccination appointment for your pet, don’t wait! Call us at 503-227-6047 as soon as possible.