Local Wildlife Testing Positive for Rabies

The City of New Braunfels Neighborhood Services Division received a positive report of rabies from a raccoon and a fox that were located in the same neighborhood within one week of each other from the 600 block of Hannah’s Run and the 500 block of Lakeview Blvd. Animal Control officers have visited with neighbors in the adjacent areas to inform them of the positive case and to confirm there were no exposures.

A friendly reminder that wild animals are carriers for rabies. The veterinary team at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of New Braunfels are strongly advising clients to ensure their pets are currently vaccinated with a rabies vaccine to protect their pets.

Rabies occurs throughout the year in Texas, during all seasons and in all sections of the city and counties. The rabies virus is released in the saliva of an infected animal. An animal usually contracts rabies from the bite of an infected animal. The virus may also enter the body if the mucous membranes (the wet parts of the eyes, nose, or mouth) or a scratch or break in the skin have contact with saliva containing the rabies virus.

The best form of prevention for the spread of rabies is to have your dogs and cats over 4 months of age, vaccinated for rabies by your veterinarian.

If you are unsure if your pet is up-to-date or book an appointment, please contact us today at 830.620.1100.