The Importance of the Rabies Vaccination for Dogs and Cats

irish setter dog getting vaccination at the veterinary clinic.

Any mammal can contract and spread rabies, but the primary carriers involve wildlife such as bats, skunks, raccoons, and foxes. In fact, according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, more than 90% of the 5,000 annual U.S. cases of rabies affect wildlife. However, that means approximately 10% of all rabies cases affect companion animals. Since pets can become infected with rabies and potentially pass it on to people, the prevention of the disease is vitally important. Fortunately, the rabies vaccination for dogs and cats is required by law.