Keep your breeding operation safe from this deadly disease.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is most commonly transmitted by an infectious bite. Only mammals can get rabies; birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians do not. Improved vaccination programs and control of stray animals have been effective in preventing rabies in most pets. If you have animals that spend time roaming the land, it is important that you follow these guidelines to help control rabies:

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  • Have your veterinarian vaccine your dogs, cats, ferrets and select horses and livestock. He/she will advise you regarding the recommended or frequency of the vaccination.
  • Do not let your pets roam far. Keep cats and ferrets indoors and supervise or keep dogs in close proximity when outdoors.
  • Don't leave exposed garbage or pet food outside, it will attract wild or stray animals.
  • Wild animals should never be kept as pets; they pose potential rabies threat to others, including you.
  • Observe all wild animals from a distance; teach children to do the same. Though a wild animal may seem tame, it should not be handled.
  • If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to the city or county animal control department.
  • Bat-proof your home and other structures to prevent bats from nesting and allowing access to people.

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