Pets are family at new Brooks City Base animal clinic
Residents of San Antonio’s south side have a new resource for veterinary care. Learn more about the state-of-the-art clinic that will offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and wellness services to local pet owners by reading their announcement from January 2017: New Brooks City Base clinic brings vital low-cost pet services to the south side.
Recent string of rabies cases hits Bexar County region
SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 6, 2015) – A recent rash of positive rabies cases has area health authorities reminding the public to follow proper steps when encountering wildlife or unknown animals. The community has seen a large number of confirmed rabies cases over the last year including a number of bats and skunks as well feral cats and a dog in western Bexar County.
The dog that tested positive is the first case of canine rabies in Bexar County in three decades. The Department of State Health Services has documented 52 cases of rabies in the area since August, 2014. A high percentage of confirmed rabies cases were found in private yards or public access areas near children or pets. As a result, the community is strongly urged to remember the following guidance:
- Teach children that they should never touch wildlife or any roaming animal, regardless of whether it is living or dead. Children should be taught to tell an adult immediately if they see or touch an unknown animal in close proximity to people or pets.
- Residents should refrain from feeding, touching, or handling any wildlife or unknown animals.
- If you or your pet makes contact with a bat, skunk, raccoon, coyote, or other wildlife and are a San Antonio resident, you are urged to call Animal Care Services at 3-1-1. Bexar County residents can contact Bexar County Animal Control at 210-335-9000.
- Pets that come into contact with wildlife should be confined to prevent further exposure to people or animals. State law dictates that any actual or potential rabies exposure must be reported to the local rabies authority for investigation and potential testing.
- If the unknown animal is inside a home or building, keep the animal confined, but only if it can be done safely and without direct contact.
- If at all possible, wait for Animal Control to respond and avoid striking the animal. Physical trauma can damage the brain and make it impossible to conduct rabies laboratory tests.
Remember, all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies annually in keeping with city and state law.
News release courtesy of the City of San Antonio and Bexar County
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