NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Animal Control is urging pet owners to make sure their pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.
A skunk and two bats recently tested positive for the disease in the southern and southeastern areas of Davidson County.
“It is important to keep your pets up to date on their rabies vaccination.” said Lauren Bluestone Manager Metro Animal Care and Control. “Not only does this protect the health of our pets, but also addresses the safety of our community.”
Metro Public Health Department recommends following the steps to prevent families and pets from being exposed to rabies:
- Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or feral cats.
- Be sure your dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.
- Keep family pets indoors at night. Do not leave them outside unattended or let them roam free.
- Do not attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seed or other foods which may attract wild animals. Feed pets indoors. Tightly cover, or put away garbage cans. Board up any openings to your attic, basement, porch or garage.
- Encourage children to immediately tell adults if they are bitten by any animals. Tell children not to touch any animals they do not know.
If your pet comes in contact with wildlife contact your veterinarian and Metro Animal Control at 615-862-7928.
Animal Control offers monthly low cost rabies clinics. The next clinic will be held Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 5125 Harding Place in Nashville. It costs $10.