What You Need to Know About Rabies

July 8, 2015 at 8:52 AM by Nikki Wardle

Rabies in Idaho, what you should know

Last week all of the local news outlets reported a bat was found in South West Boise that tested positive for rabies. This is the first report of an Idaho wild animal with the disease in 2015. A total of 11 bats and one skunk tested positive for rabies in 2014, 2 of those were from Ada County and 2 in Canyon County.

That’s concerning to everyone in the Treasure Valley since Rabies is 100% fatal without the vaccination. It’s especially concerning to those who have dogs, cats and even horses due to the increased risk of exposure. Pets that are kept outside have a greater possibility of encountering a rabid bat, racoon or worse, a skunk. 

Annually, more cats contract rabies than dogs or horse. Felines are hunters by nature and are more likely to fight with an infected skunk, racoon or bat, thus exposing themselves to the disease. 

Get your pet vaccinated for their safety, your safety and because it's the law. 

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.

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