This is Dr. Sue Chastain from the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group writing with a quick seasonal pet health alert.
Rabies is on the rise.
Texas State officials have reported 591 rabies cases this year as compared with 387 during the same period last year. Double the number of cases has been reported this year in Denton, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties when compared to last year.
The current drought as well as the increase in skunk population is considered to be two very influencing factors in the rise of rabies cases being seen in the community. Drought conditions are forcing rabid wild animals to wander into populated areas in search of water. This is putting our pets at risk- especially those pets that are not up-to-date on their rabies vaccination.
While vaccinations are extremely important in keeping the rate of disease down and optimizing our pet’s longevity, we cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain your annual and mid-year check-ups. If your pet hasn’t developed a twice-a-year relationship with us, he or she might be developing something else.