16th July 2012, 04:29 PM
I haven't heard of a rabid dog in ages, in our area. Our local skunks often test positive for it, along with possums. For that reason, when I have to trap (with Havahart trap) one or the other, our local animal control will come get it and euthanize solely for the rabies problem. I think because not as many dogs run loose in our urban settings, there is less transmission from the wild animals.
17th July 2012, 12:12 PM
We have found these absolutely invaluable http://www.midgejacket.co.uk/
It's only really June to September that the midges are a problem and mainly mornings and evenings, still warm, conditions are best for them
17th July 2012, 01:27 PM
If it is in your wildlife then rabies is endemic in your region. If a dog were to fight with a rabid skunk, raccoon, fox, etc they would be exposed. Vaccination would be absolutely neccesary in your area. Bats are also a common carrier of rabies in some regions of the US.
Originally Posted by waldor
Rabies can infect all species of mammals, although very small mammals (mice, chipmunks, squirrels, etc.) are rarely found positive. They believe this is simply because these animals are unlikely to survive an attack from a rabid animal.
17th July 2012, 07:52 PM
We are rabies free in Ireland as well so don't need to do rabies vaccines.
In memory: Lucy
17th July 2012, 09:33 PM
Soushiruiuma - don't worry, we are ALL required by law to have our dogs vaccinated against rabies.