We are lucky that rabies in Oakland is a rare occurrence. However, a few weeks ago, a bat found in Oakland tested positive for rabies. Bats are the leading animal in Alameda County with 134 cases found over a 10 year period, followed by skunks and foxes. Rabies cases among domesticated animals have been dramatically reduced because of vaccinations which makes the regular maintenance of these vaccines critical to maintaining a low occurrence of rabies in our community. Wildlife now account for more than 90 percent of all reported rabies cases in the United States.
Rabies vaccinations are incredibly important to stay up to date with for your animals. Always consult with your vet to ensure that your pet has its most current round of vaccinations so they can stay outside in a happy, healthy environment!
For more information about rabies and wildlife, read more here.