Rabies is a viral disease often transmitted through an animal bite. Most reported rabies cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks and foxes.
The good news is that rabies is preventable by getting your pet vaccinated. In 2013, over 36,000 pets were vaccinated for the rabies virus in Orleans Parish alone.
In addition to the benefits of the rabies vaccination, the rabies tag that goes on your dog’s collar is another form of identification that can be used to reunite lost pets with their owners. In Orleans Parish you can go to the Louisiana SPCA or any other veterinary office to get your pet vaccinated for rabies. Click here for more information on the transmission and symptoms of rabies.