Rabies is a fatal viral infection. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva and nervous tissue of infected animals. In the United States, most human rabies infections come from bats, however, all mammals can get rabies. If you think you or your pet or livestock animal has been exposed to rabies, visit our animal bites page.
By law, all domestic cats, dogs, and ferrets must be vaccinated against the rabies virus. Failure to vaccinate your pets can lead to a significant fine for the owner and leaves the animal vulnerable to a fatal disease. Unvaccinated animals who are exposed to rabies may have the be euthanized. Protect your pets and vaccinate them on schedule!