Today is World Rabies Day!
Rabies testing of bats began in Los Angeles County in 1961, and this year marks a record high of bats found to have rabies (50 bats as of 9/24).
Bats with rabies have been found in many local areas, including Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and Hollywood, so please be careful and watch out for your pets! According to LA Public Health, 13 pets may have been exposed to rabies so far this year.
Listed below are clinical Signs of Rabies in Animals provided by the CDC:
Rabies virus causes an acute encephalitis in all warm-blooded hosts and the outcome is almost always fatal. The first symptoms of rabies may be nonspecific and include lethargy, fever, vomiting, and anorexia. Signs progress within days to cerebral dysfunction, cranial nerve dysfunction, ataxia, weakness, paralysis, seizures, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, aggression, and/or self-mutilation.
Check out this PDF for Southern California pet hospitals that are providing free rabies shots.
Read this PDF for information about rabies from the Department of Public Health.