When pets run into rabid animals

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves

Most folks know the importance of getting their dog, cat or ferret vaccinated against rabies. But even if vaccinated, what if your pet comes in contact with an animal suspected of carrying rabies?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs, cats and ferrets that are up to date on the rabies vaccine should be revaccinated right away. The CDC also recommends these animals be kept under the owner’s supervision for 45 days. During that time, any signs of illness should be reported to local health authorities, and animals that develop signs consistent with rabies should be euthanized and tested.

Sadly, the CDC also recommends that furry pets other than dogs, cats, and ferrets, that come in contact with potential rabies carriers be euthanized immediately.

So remember: keeping any pets away from wild animals is crucial in thwarting rabies.