Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rabies Awareness

Don't be complacent about rabies.

Rabies is a relentless killing machine that exploits the very thing we love most about our dogs, their sociability with people. 

You might be thinking that rabies is controlled in the U.S., and therefore your dog doesn't need to be vaccinated.  But you'd be wrong.

It's true that the number of human deaths in the U.S. has declined to only 2 or 3 a year. But hundreds of companion animals are put down every year because of suspected exposure to rabid wildlife, only because they weren't vaccinated.

According to the Center for Disease Control, domestic animals accounted for almost 10% of the 6000 confirmed cases of rabies in animals last year.
Rabies cases in U.S. in 2008. About 10% were pets.

If your dog isn't vaccinated, it's a good day to do it.

For More Information

A very good book about a very bad disease:  Rabid by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy (2012)

Read my review in The Bark magazine


  1. I worry about that since i live in an area with a lot of wooded areas and strays, as well as the usual critters. We have had cases in some areas and I always make sure my guy is protected.


  2. I didn't take this rabies thing before as a serious matter, so thanks to this article. I also read some from this site, now I will be more aware regarding this matter.