Rabies Information


Rabies is a disease that affects the brain in mammals. It’s usually passed from animal to animal but it can be passed between animals and humans. Rabies is caused by a virus that is transmitted through saliva. Rabies is fatal if not treated before onset.

Texas State Law requires all cats and dogs to have current rabies vaccinations.

Top 5 animals that can carry rabies

  • Bats
  • Skunks
  • Coyotes
  • Foxes
  • Raccoons

Preventing Rabies

  • Vaccinate your dogs and cats
  • Restrain your pets; do not allow them to roam freely in public
  • Avoid contact with wild animals and unknown dogs and cats
  • Do not touch sick or injured animals
  • If your pet is bitten, scratched, or in a fight with any animal, call Animal Control.

Recognizing Rabies

The first symptoms of rabies include

  • Change in personality, depression
  • Fever and loss of appetite

Advance signs progress within days to nervous system abnormalities such as

  • Abnormal behavior, aggression, and/or self-mutilation
  • Dropped jaw, tongue incoordination, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation
  • Wobbly, weakness, paralysis, seizures

It is recommended that you seek medical attention for yourself or your animal in all circumstances where there is a possibility of exposure to rabies.