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    04-27-2012, 05:08 AM
  #11
Green Broke
Chiila, I agree with you! One good point of living on my Damp, Foggy island is that we don't have rabies. We also don't have a lot of the horrific diseases that are endemic in mainland europe and america.

(I'm in the UK Btw)
     
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    04-27-2012, 07:39 AM
  #12
Weanling
Wow, good to know, I will pass this on to my family and friends!
Im @ 30 min from that area....scary!
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    04-27-2012, 09:01 AM
  #13
dee
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We have a lot of wildlife in our area (very rural part of Seminole county). Normally, I would see at least two or three - some times as many as a half dozon skunks and/or raccoons on my drive to the highway on my way to work. This morning, all I saw was one dead armadillo (had been hit by a car). Makes one wonder what happened to them all...
     
    04-27-2012, 12:05 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Boss' dad survived rabies - was NOT a pleasant experience, to say the least, but at least he survived. His was contracted via a wild animal (squirrel).
     
    04-27-2012, 12:20 PM
  #15
Yearling
I just saw an annoucement in my area for rabid animals being on the rise. I see bats often near thr barn and recently even outside of my garage, just after dusk. That certainyl made me leary. We have begun taking the dogs out and carrying our gun in case a bigger animal decides to come on our property and isnt acting itself.

ETA: Both dogs are vaccinated and just got the horses done last month. WheeW!!
     
    04-27-2012, 12:21 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by LetAGrlShowU    
I just saw an annoucement in my area for rabid animals being on the rise. I see bats often near thr barn and recently even outside of my garage, just after dusk. That certainyl made me leary. We have begun taking the dogs out and carrying our gun in case a bigger animal decides to come on our property and isnt acting itself.

ETA: Both dogs are vaccinated and just got the horses done last month. WheeW!!
Bats are actually the lowest threat to you as far as transmission, imo. I will gladly take the benefits of the bats over worrying about the minimal risk of infection.
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    04-27-2012, 12:25 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
Bats are actually the lowest threat to you as far as transmission, imo. I will gladly take the benefits of the bats over worrying about the minimal risk of infection.
I wondered about that when I read this...I have never had a bat get close enough to me to do anything, and getting bitten by one in your sleep? Maybe if you're sleeping outside under the stars with no tent?
     
    04-27-2012, 12:32 PM
  #18
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Feral cats are a big carrier of rabies..... Feeding wild cats , trying to pet one, etc... big no no.
What folks tend to forget, when they don't vaccinate for rabies, both dogs/cats/horses etc, because they say their animals aren't around wild animals:
Feral cat fights with your unvaccinated cat, contracts rabies. By the time symptoms show up in your pet cat, its too late for the cat and anyone it has scratched, bitten, etc.
Dog comes inside smelling like a skunk... Said skunk is rabid. You don't see the tiny little hole in your dogs nose, dog kisses, licks, scratches human. Rabies.
Horses stick their nosy noses out to see what the skunk, cat, bat on the ground, etc and gets bit. Again, nobody sees, or doesn't worry about small puncture wound cause obviously horse poked its nose on something. Said horse contracts rabies.........
By the time the symptoms show up in a pet, its too late.
Vaccinate vaccinate vaccinate...
     
    04-27-2012, 12:42 PM
  #19
dee
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It's my understanding that, at least in my area, rabies in bats is pretty rare. They eat insects, which are not known to carry rabies that I know of.

Our primary carriers are skunks and raccoons.

I did see a skunk several years ago that I am 100% positive had rabies. I was getting out of my car in the middle of the afternoon, and the skunk came walking across the yard. It completely ignored me, and passed about three feet from me without so much as a glance. It's eyes were dull, and it's coat was dirty, lifeless and ratty looking, and it was so thin. Poor thing. I ran in the house (after it was past me) hollering for hubby to grab the gun. He found the skunk about 15 feet from where it passed me, just standing there. He shot it, and we dug a pit about four feet deep, filled it with wood, doused it with gasoline and burned it before filling the pit back in.
     
    04-27-2012, 12:46 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Yep, hubby and I were at his parents' cabin in Indiana and ran into raccoons that we're pretty sure were rabid, for the same reasons. They were just hanging from a tree trunk, and let us walk right up to them without so much as flinching. They too looked dirty and skinny and just not right...
     

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