Rabies is an infectious virus that attacks the nervous system, and eventually, the brain causing death. It is carried by wild animals such as bats, raccoons, foxes, and skunks and affects only mammals. Rabies is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal but also can be spread by the saliva coming into contact with an open wound or broken skin.
Please make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccination. It is the only way to protect them from this deadly virus and Texas State law requires it! If your pet is not vaccinated and comes into contact with a rabid animal, you must either euthanize your pet or have it quarantined for 10 days at your expense.
Rabies Prevention Tips
- Vaccinate your pets against the rabies virus
- Avoid wildlife - do not touch, pet, or feed any wildlife whether they appear to be sick or not
- Do not approach any animal that is unfamiliar to you or your family
- Secure trash in garbage cans with tight fitting lids
- Feed your pets inside or in small amounts outside to avoid leaving food sitting outside that may attract wildlife
- Keep your pets indoors when possible and on a leash when you take them off your property
Remember, there is no cure!
For additional information on rabies, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Rabies or Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies.