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[RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found - carolyn

In Massachusetts, where I used to live, rabies shots was mandatory for dogs and cats (even indoor cats had to have a rabies shot).  My horses were vaccinated for rabies as well.  I don't think my vet would have let me get by without that one.

I now live in southeast Texas.  When I took my horses in for their first set of shots, the vet asked me what I wanted.  He had never heard of Potomac Horse Fever, so we didn't get that one.  And the last one on the list was rabies.  He was surprised.  He said he never did rabies for horses, but he thought it was a good idea.  I have another vet I use here, asked for rabies from him, he wasn't as surprised as the other vet, but he didn't do many of them. 

I cannot imagine have animals that live outside 24/7 without it.

Carolyn Burgess

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found
From: "Dolores Arste" <darste3@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, May 07, 2009 12:27 pm
To: "Endurance list" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

This article is a little weird. You could always get rabies from being
bitten by a fox or a skunk or a bat? And, your horses too could.

Last year in Arkansas a man's dog was being weird so he shot him.
That was after he bit the kids, the horse and another dog. Being
Arkansas, he buried the dog.

A few days later he was speaking to a vet who encouraged him to
dig up the dog and have it tested for Rabies. This is no joke. This
really happened. You can find it in the Mena, AR newspaper.

The man dug up the dog and it did test positive. The horse and the other
dog were quarantined and ultimately died. 15 people underwent the
rabies treatment.

My horses get shots every year. If the horse or dog had shots, all that
would have had to happen was a booster. That's what happened when
a friend's dog in Upstate NY brought home a rabid possum.

Dolores Arste
Coaching the Art of Horsemanship
Middle Grove, NY 12850

tel: (518) 882-6485
fax: (518) 602-9213
site: www.zenhorsemanship.com

Co-Author: 101 Ways to Improve Your Life


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