April 28, 2011 10:04
Q: "Should I vaccinate my horse for rabies?" I recently read that there are rabid horses in the southern U.S. this year. I thought rabies was a disease of skunks and racoons, not horses.
A: Rabies is a sporadic disease but endemic in Saskatchewan mostly in skunks and bats. We have on average ten cases of confirmed wild animal/domestic animal rabies per year in Saskatchewan. If it happens to be your horse this is very unfortunate especially if human exposure occurs necessitating rabies shots. Again with risk assessment I would likely vaccinate any horse that you couldn't possibly live without.