Chances are you don’t think about rabies much. However, rabid bats are regularly found in Illinois and the disease is still as deadly as ever. Without treatment, rabies is 100% fatal. It’s also 100% preventable.
September 28th is World Rabies Day, and we want to remind you that one of the most important things you can do to protect your pets is to keep their vaccinations current.
Illinois state law mandates that dogs be vaccinated against rabies, and starting in January, that law will apply to cats as well. This includes indoor cats which can also be exposed to rabies should they escape or if a rabid animal accidentally makes its way into your home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cats are over three times more likely than dogs to become infected with rabies.