In the past 2 months, wild animal Rabies cases have been confirmed with 45 miles of Prescott Valley.
State Law requires that if a dog or cat is bitten by a wild animal, unless that animal can be caught and tested, animal control must assume the wild animal is rabid.
If your pet gets bitten by a wild animal AND YOU DO HAVE PROOF OF CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION, a 45 day in home quarantine will be required.
If your pet gets bitten by a wild animal AND YOU DO NOT HAVE PROOF OF CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION, a six month quarantine in a veterinary hospital or euthanasia will be required, at the owners expense.
Rabies is a non-forgiving virus that will kill your pet AND can be easily avoided by the use of properly timed vaccines given by a licensed veterinarian. Rabies is zoonotic meaning people are at risk as well.
Don’t forget your larger mammals, like horses and other livestock. Discuss Rabies vaccines for your larger animals with a large animal veterinarian.
For further, complete, timely, and accurate information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/rabies.
PLEASE SPEAK TO YOUR VETERINARIAN, CHECK YOUR RECORDS, AND VACCINATE.
"This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any conditions. Seek medical care from your licensed veterinarian for any questions or concerns."
© 2017. Caroline O’Sullivan, D.V.M., M.S. All rights reserved.