In our neck of the woods there has been an outbreak of rabies -- in cats. The vet told me yesterday that as well intentioned as people are to feed ferals, when we leave out the food, we then invite wild animals like raccoons, skunks, and coyotes to come around. And spread rabies to our pets.
So, if you feed your pets outside or you feed ferals then keep an eye on the food/water and bring the bowls in (especially at night).
Unfortunately, for one stray on our street, she found out what happens when people spray insecticide or herbicide around the house. The cat was poisoned and actually exhibited rabies-like symptoms when a neighbor took her in. There is a warning label on these products you purchase from the store but be mindful even if you hire a company to come out. The dangers to pets actually apply to children as well.
Harry Potter is an outside cat and was bitten by another cat and had a really nasty wound on his tail. I knew he had his vaccinations but I was still worried. I took him to get checked, get antibiotics, and get his vaccinations updated. He is fine and back to his super loving, super crazy self.
QUESTIONS: Have your pets had their vaccinations lately?