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post #1 of 10 Old 06-26-2014, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Rabies Outbreaks in OK

Just a friendly reminder to vaccinate your animals, including your horses, against Rabies if you haven't already. I subscribe to Outbreak Alerts.com and I've had 4 alerts sent to me today about rabies having been found in skunks around me. I'm also pretty sure I've been visited by a rabid skunk. There was a skunk in my shavings shed the other day, very lethargic and not acting right. By the time I had gotten my gun and came back to take care of him, he was gone.


A case of rabies was recently reported in a skunk in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Among wild animals, the disease is most often reported in skunks and raccoons but is also found in bats and foxes,1,2 and usually is transmitted from the saliva of an infected animal into a bite wound.1

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Every case of rabies presents a death sentence to the infected horse - and a risk of infection for other horses.1 Infected horses may show common signs including depression, lack of coordination and aggressive behavior,1 or display more obscure signs, such as lameness or colic.3

Because the signs of rabies can vary so widely - and the disease is so serious - some experts recommend that horse owners think of rabies first whenever they see unexplained clinical signs in horses.3

Disease prevention - through vaccination and good management - is good for the horse, owner and equine veterinarian. MERIAL® vaccines provide the tools to help prevent some of the most common and most serious equine diseases, including rabies. IMRAB® is a rabies vaccine made by Merial and approved for use in six species of animals, including horses. And it is available in a combination vaccine that also helps protect against Potomac horse fever.

For more information about rabies or other equine diseases, talk with your veterinarian.

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1 Marteniuk J. Rabies in horses. Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Available at: http://old.cvm.msu.edu/extension/equ...esinHorses.pdf. Accessed June 11, 2009.
2 AAEP Core Vaccination Guidelines. Available at: http://www.aaep.org/core_vaccinations.htm. Accessed June 11, 2009.
3 Weese JS. A review of equine zoonotic diseases: risks in veterinary medicine. AAEP Proceedings 2002;48:362-369.

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It's all over the state, seems like a lot more this year than in the past several.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-26-2014, 05:40 PM
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Yikes, scary.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-26-2014, 05:48 PM
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All the horses on our farm get yearly rabies. We have a lot of rabies in our area.
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I have never gotten 4 alerts in one day before and they're not usually so close to me. Very scary indeed!

All of mine are vaccinated every year too, I just wanted to remind anyone who might have been busy or forgotten.

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Tell me about it, this was the first year I decides to not get rabies for my horses, and there was a raccoon that was lethargic and acting odd. Either rabies or distemper. My dogs got in a fight with it but didn't get bit are vaccinated. I got pretty close to the raccoon. And handled my dogs after the fight and they were covered in salvia. So I took safety precautions and got a rabies vaccine. And called the vet to have my horses vaccinated. I will not be skipping rabies again.
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-26-2014, 08:20 PM
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I always will vaccinate for rabies. It's one of the few things that I will never NOT do. That being said I also took the huge leap this year to get the preventative vaccination for myself since I'm in close contact with animals daily. Let me just say it's proved beneficial and well worth the money to vaccinate MYSELF to!!

Still scary as heck!
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-27-2014, 07:57 PM
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I am a huge fan of the rabies vaccine. I have it myself (working with animals it was required) and all my pets will always have it. A few years ago I saw first hand a miniature horse die of rabies (not my own a client at the clinic I worked for). It was hands down the saddest death I have ever seen. This animal was exhausted and yet every movement was a compulsion to bite. When the vet euthanized it I had a hard time feeling bad because it really was a release for this animal. So, do the vaccine because it prevents the disease and do the vaccine because rabies is a horrible death.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-27-2014, 08:56 PM
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Thanks for the alert. I live in NE Okla and had not heard that yet. I have vaccinated for rabies since my first horse in 1980. My vet at the time highly recommended it as one of the shots that should always be given.

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All skunk have rabies. Most are never tested because most are never caught or killed appropriately so they can be tested. I worked for the local health department where I live and managed bites. Always assume they are rabid, if you have one around your property you can trap it in a live trap and drown it. They won't spray when drowned. Skunk have super poor vision and if you accidentally get one in a uncovered live trap you can hold up a sheet to cover yourself and walk very slowly, then slowly cover the trap. You can then pick it up and place it into a tub or stock tank (I keep one handy for skunk euthanizing) and drop it in.

Raccoon have a super high incidence of rabies too, so beware of them too.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-27-2014, 10:53 PM
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"All skunks have rabies" is pretty broad..

And sorry but drowning an apparently healthy animal because it could be a carrier for a disease seems pretty barbaric. Ugh :( What an awful way to die.
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