Another very personal reminder about the importance of Rabies vaccination.
We have done our best to discourage the local raccoons from hanging around near our house, running them off when we see them, and most importantly, securing the trash and sealing up other sources of food.
After hearing a commotion on the back porch two days ago, we looked out to see a raccoon attacking our two outdoor cats. I became concerned when the raccoon would not retreat when I tried to break up the encounter, knowing that ”normal” wild animals flee from humans when confronted. When the raccoon began to actually approach me, I reluctantly put a stop to the aggression.
Because of the behavior and the contact with our pets, I submitted tissues from the raccoon for Rabies testing, and after just 24 hours learned that indeed the raccoon was rabid. Our cats now are being quarantined for 45 days at our office to ensure that they are not affected. They have been vaccinated against Rabies, but state law requires extended isolation after a Rabies exposure to be safe…if they had not been vaccinated the quarantine would have been 90 days.
Take home message: BE SURE YOUR PET IS VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES!
Rabies is present in many wild animals which may come into contact with your pets at any time. If our cats had not been vaccinated, they would have become infected and then transmitted the deadly virus to anyone they scratched or bit.
You never know what animals your outdoor pets may have contacted, so you MUST be sure they are vaccinated against rabies. It’s the law, and as our family’s experience this week shows, it is very important.
Bert Platt, DVM