The state of Pennsylvania and all of its counties track the test results of animals tested for rabies. These diagrams indicate the total positive results in each county by species. Our county, Montgomery, reported 8 positive rabies tests just so far this year!
The important thing to remember is that these numbers only reflect captured and tested animals. More often than not, rabid animals will disappear and die before they are ever discovered to be ill. The actual number of positive rabies cases is estimated to be much, much higher than what is on the annual reports. It only takes one bite from one infected animal to affect your pets and family.
Animals with rabies can present in several ways. The common idea that they are growling, foaming at the mouth, and aggressive is not always the case. They may appear drunk, disorientated and stumbling or may even appear almost normal. Never approach an animal in question, and seek medical attention immediately if bitten or scratched. Do not attempt to capture a suspected rabid animal on your own, but call police or animal control to do so.
Trooper Veterinary Hospital is very proactive in helping you keep your pets properly vaccinated against this and other deadly diseases. We will send you reminder cards in advance of your pet's vaccination due date. We can advise you on all vaccine protocols and answer your questions on rabies and other health issues.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns for your pets' health or safety!