When we got the call from Animal Control in early December that a domestic cat had been positively identified for rabies, disbelief and concern immediately set in. Our community hadn’t seen a rabies case in a domestic pet for almost 50 years! The whole Quad Cities area breathed a collective sigh of relief when further tests revealed a false positive. Nevertheless, it was a good wake-up call.

The CDC’s 2015 rabies surveillance reported that domestic species account for 8% of all rabid animals reported in the United States in 2013. The report explains, “Cats have remained the most frequently reported rabid domestic animal at 53%, followed by dogs at 19%, cattle 18%, horses and mules 7%.”

Visit Yavapai Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic any Friday from 8:00 – 11:30 am / 1:00 – 4:30 pm to get your cat or dog’s rabies vaccine updated. See prices here. No appointment if visiting the Friday Vaccine Clinic is needed. Call the Clinic at 928-771-0547 with questions.

Read The Daily Courier’s article, which reports tips from Arizona Department of Health Services for reducing rabies exposure.

Prescott Valley Animal Control Supervisor Don  Plate.

Click the Image to Read Tips for Reducing the Risk of Exposure to Rabies

About Author

Elisabeth Haugan

Marketing and Outreach Director