Connecticut’s wild animal population confirmed to have high incidence of rabies.

 

In a survey conducted by the Connecticut Department of Health from 2005-2009, a surprising 8% of animals submitted for testing, were positive for rabies!

Cats and Dogs Included in Sample

Both cats and dogs were part of the 13,000 animals submitted for testing.   Cats were TEN times more likely to have rabies than dogs, but it’s important to note that cat and dog rabies infections are still drastically lower than the wild animal population.  Why?  Vaccines.  And why do cats have higher infection rates than dogs? Because these animals are less likely to be regularly vaccinated than dogs.

 

Read the full Connecticut Department of Health Report here.

 

The Connecticut DOH categorized some of the species submitted for testing into these groups.

 

Bats

Domestic cats

Domestic dogs

Racoons

Skunks

Groundhogs

Foxes, coyotes, bobcats

Deer and Moose

 

Take a minute and think which group had the highest infection rate, then click the button below for the answer and to read more about rabies, vaccines and your pet’s health.