Sacramento, CA. What do a 3-month-old calf pastured next door to an ice cream parlor in Rhode Island, a kitten born to a barn cat in Colorado, and Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies for sale in Oklahoma have in common? This summer, all of these animals exposed numerous people to rabies. In each case, post-exposure treatment was necessary for every person who had contact with the rabid animals. The rabid animals either died or were euthanized. This all could have been prevented if the animals had been protected by rabies vaccination.
Rabies in people and their pets is rare here in the U.S.A., primarily because of the pet licensing and rabies vaccination requirements in most counties. Nevertheless, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports approximately 6,000 cases of rabies in animals within the U.S.A.