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.