Cats Also Need a Rabies Vaccination

While rabies has been dramatically reduced through effective vaccination and animal control programs, a recent positive diagnosis of a cat in Kansas is a reminder that this infectious viral diseases has not been eliminated.

Kansas State University veterinarian Susan Nelson says most people would be surprised to learn that in the United States, more cats are diagnosed with rabies than dogs…

Some signs of rabies in animals include both lethargic and aggressive behavior, problems eating or drinking, having seizures and tremors. Nelson says if something about an animal doesn’t seem right, avoid contact…

Anyone suspecting they’ve been bitten by an infected animal should immediately wash the wound with soap and water and contact their local healthcare provider to determine if post-exposure rabies treatments are needed.

For information regarding the rabies vaccination required for cats, dogs or ferrets in your community, contact a local veterinarian.

SOURCEK-State Audio News Service
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.