Rabies is a fatal viral disease carried by wildlife and other mammals in our area. It is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be passed from animals to humans.
The disease is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite.
Vaccination is required by Virginia state law for all dogs and cats.
- change in behavior (over excitability, shyness, aggression)
- excessive salivation
- inability to swallow
The rabies vaccination is given annually to cats and initially as a 1-year vaccine, and then every 3 years to dogs.