On one of the JRT lists, we have a fellow who is always preaching about the evils of traditional medicine, using only "natural flee treatments", (yes, that's his spelling), etc. etc. etc.
He means well, and he has valid points about some things, but IMO he's one of those people who is throwing away the baby with the bathwater...

At any rate, he has just proclaimed that the requirements and laws on rabies shots etc. are "too conservative", because "When's the last time you heard of an animal with rabies?"
So I thunk I'd ask that question in here...
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This spring they found a mother bear and two of her cubs dead that had died from rabies not less than 100 yards away from a local Wal-Mart that I go to.

Locally less than 2 weeks ago there was a kitten that someone had found and was taking care of it and it turned out to be rabid. Now close to 10 people have to have rabies shots. Everyone in the family plus the vet staff who first looked at the kitten.
Rabies is still very much a threat and can kill not only animals but people.

Celeste
So I thunk I'd ask that question in here...

We're continuing to see problems with rabies in the local wildlife population. And forget "hearing" about an animal with rabies - I've seen two rabid raccoons in my yard in the past couple of years. One tried to mess with Greta while I was right there.

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On one of the JRT lists, we have a fellow who is always preaching about the evils of traditional medicine, ... "When's the last time you heard of an animal with rabies?" So I thunk I'd ask that question in here...

I was chatting with a veterinarian on exactly that question. He's the official "animal inspector" for the area which means that any time someone is bitten, even nipped, by an animal of any sort, he's in charge of making recommendations to the public health officials about treating the human for rabies. He does a bunch of paperwork in regards to this job. He said he's never seen rabies in a domestic pet, but he's seen it plenty of times in wild animals. This is a suburban area. Next time I see him, I'll ask him about which wild animals, squirrels, foxes, skunks, or so forth.
Lia
On one of the JRT lists, we have a fellow who is always preaching about the evils of traditional medicine, using only "natural flee treatments", (yes, that's his spelling), etc. etc. etc.

Well, diatomaceous earth is great for fleas, but best as a supplement to more conventional methods..
He means well, and he has valid points about some things, but IMO he's one of those people who is ... laws on rabies shots etc. are "too conservative", because "When's the last time you heard of an animal with rabies?"

There was a fairly serious outbreak of rabies in North Texas last summer. Seemed to be mostly racoons and skunks, but quite a lot of dogs were affected as well.

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We have several rabid raccoons in our county every year.. usually found in suburban yards, and last fall, one of the 'coons followed the family's dogs through the dog flap into the house.. This year we've had at least one rabid fox in an adjacent county.
When I lived in Oklahoma, our vet told me to expect any skunk seen in a built up area to be rabid... and that most dead cattle or horses found in the fields/range were victims of bites by rabid skunks... The same was said by him to be true in North Texas.
A teenager in Wisconsin has just survived the bite from a rabid bat... She did NOT have the post-exposure vaccine. This is a miracle recovery. It isn't even known if she will be a carrier, or if she will make a full neurological recovery. There are a goodly number of humans bitten by rabid bats in the US each year.
This guy is a dingbat..
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
On one of the JRT lists, we have a fellow who is always preaching about the evils of traditional medicine, ... laws on rabies shots etc. are "too conservative", because "When's the last time you heard of an animal with rabies?"

Several times a year.
So I thunk I'd ask that question in here...

Searching google news for the word "rabises" shows plenty of reports - raccoons, cats, bats and even a person or two.
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13457923&BRD=1994&PAG=461 http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041124/NEWS/411240454/1060 http://www.fosters.com/november 2004/11.28.04/news/nh 11.28.04c.asp http://www.countryworldnews.com/Editorial/ETX/2004/et112504Rabies.htm

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On one of the JRT lists, we have a fellow who is always preaching aboutthe evils of traditional medicine, using ... because "When's the last timeyou heard of an animal with rabies?" So I thunk I'd ask that question in here...

IIRC, from roughly 10 yrs. ago or so, there are about 8-9 confirmed cases in small mammals each year in Michigan, mostly raccoons & skunks though the odd cat, coyote, or dog sometimes sneaks in too.
I have a friend whose dad had to take the rabies shots after he was bitten by a stray dog that hasn't been seen since, and vet students are still vaccinated for it.

Emily Carroll
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On one of the JRT lists, we have a fellow who is always preaching about the evils of traditional medicine, ... "When's the last time you heard of an animal with rabies?" So I thunk I'd ask that question in here...[/nq]This past July, a friend of mine heard her 4 Aussies making a huge racket outside. She went out and discovered a skunk trying to get into their backyard. It kept charging and ramming the fence towards the dogs. It was broad daylight and this was obviously not normal behavior for a skunk. Pat's dogs were in an uproar and were ready and eager to kill the intruder. Pat grabbed a shovel and killed the skunk but in her effort to keep the head intact . .

. well I'll spare you the graphic details but lets just say that blood was splattered. However even before she dispatched the skunk, the fence in-between the skunk and the Aussies had a bunch of spit & blood on it from the skunk ramming face first into it and the Aussies trying to get at the skunk. Pat took the skunk in to be tested and it was discovered to be rabid. Even though her dogs and horses (the horse paddock is very close to the dog yard and while the horses hadn't been bit, they were exposed as well) have been vaccinated against rabies, they all got booster shots as an added preventative.

Pat works at Cornell Veterinary School as a research assistant and as required by her job, had already been vaccinated against rabies (yes they have a human vaccination). However even with the previous vaccination, Pat had to get two booster shots, spaced a week apart. She had a reaction to the shots and was sick for a couple of days after each one. It was an expensive and unpleasant situation all the way around.

I've seen alive and dead skunks (roadkill) here in Ithaca and even in my immediate neighborhood (my next door neighbor's dog, Bailey the Bichon/Poodle cross got sprayed last year and she never leaves her yard). Pat's rabid skunk incident took place a scant two miles from my home and thus I take the threat of rabid skunks very seriously.

Chris and her two vaccinated smoothies,
Pablo and Lucy
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