Readers Share Their Knowledge on Equine Rabies

More than 790 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How knowledgeable are you about equine rabies?"

 

results of poll on rabies

Results were as follows: 

  • I completely understand the disease 79.04% (626)
  • I know rabies is a dangerous disease, but I don�t know why 12.88% (102)
  • I didn�t know horses were susceptible to rabies 4.17% (33)
  • Other 2.90% (23)
  • I don�t think rabies is a disease threat in the U.S. 1.01% (8)

Readers shared what their thoughts on rabies as a threat in the comments below.

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  • Thank you so much for offering the Webisode on theHorse.com on Equine Rabies.
  • I come from a country where rabies is endemic - we vaccinate all our pets and horses yearly
  • i live in a rural area and fully understand that rabies can and will get out of control
  • I am a registered vet tech
  • I don't completely understand the issue but feel I am well educated about rabies
  • always fatal, even stalled horses are exposed to bats who are carriers, avoidable.
  • I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT ANY HORSE OWNER TODAY DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT RABIES...TALK TO YOUR VET !
  • Rabies is a threat to all warm-blooded species, including stabled horses who can encounter bats!
  • I understand it, fear it and ALWAYS vaccinate for it.
  • rabies is dangerous in any mammal
  • I have some knowledge and vaccinate my horses. One horse died in this area last week from Rabies!!
  • we have had incidents on our farm especially with rabid racoons so all cats, dogs and horses are va
  • I immunize
  • I vaccinate to protect the many humans in contact with my school horses. Rabies is in my county
  • I watched RFD TV the other night and they talked about rabies. Very interesting
  • Rabies is a zoonotic disease transfered to horses via saliva in bites from an infected host animal
  • Been through the PEP shots...
  • Also incurable, if animal contracts it must be put down
  • lots of critters in our area so vaccination is a must
  • all my animals are vaccinated every year
  • ANY animal is at risk for rabies. I vaccinate all of mine, hooves or paws.
  • I vacinate.
  • Thank goodness we don't have rabies here in New Zealand
  • ...and I know it is a threat to any warm-blooded animal, including horses.
  • was bitten in the 70's-got the 14 shots in my tummy and still living!
  • please post more info
  • If only I could give it to my horses myself, like other vacines
  • Always vaccinate against rabies
  • I have a long history in the veterinary field. My horse will never go without a Rabies vaccine!
  • I made it a point to learn about it as it is becoming a more prevalent problem nationwide
  • your articles and timely information have helped me to understand this disease
  • It's an insideous scourge. Everyone should vaccinate their animals and themselves against the diseas
  • It has just recently come to my attention. My vet has not discussed it with me at regarding vaccinat
  • Understand rabies in humans, but need to know more about effect/contractibility in horses
  • I am an RVT and am an advocate for vaccinating horses with rabies.
  • I keep myself educated on this disease and ask my veterinarian for updates , as well.
  • I know that rabies is a dagerous disease, you have to make sure you vaccinate your horse regularly.
  • In Northern CA rabies is a health risk. Rabies has a 100% death rate
  • I know a lot about the desease, but I don't know everything
  • I am aware of rabies in horses but it is not a large threat
  • My whole family (6 of us) had to have the series of rabies shots-because of a rabid fox-we know!
  • I am a veterinary professional
  • as someone who has been vax'd for rabies (post exposure) I know probably too much about rabies.
  • Everyone should take the time to understand this disease and should vaccinate their horses.
  • I don't completely understand it, but I know what causes it, how to help prevent it
  • My decision to vaccinate is based on my area and whether
  • I'm an RN
  • Completely understanding is a bit of an overstatement but I do know about it, how it is spread, etc
  • Not even the experts "competely" understand rabies; I have a good working knowledge from my job
  • in Africa rabies is rife, I have been bitten by a rabid dog not pleasant
  • I am a microbiologist, and always vaccinate my horses
  • received training in rabies as part of cruelty investigation training
  • I don't know everything about it,but this is the best choice
  • I wouldn't use the word "completely" but I understand the risk, how it is transmitted, and fatal
  • this isn't rocket science, the information is common and easily available.
  • my horses have always been vaccinated for rabies. there's no excuse not do it every year.
  • AAEP considers the Rabies vaccine as a "core" vaccine in all of North America.
  • I lost my beatiful 5 yr. old this summer when a sick raccoon wandered into his pasture.He was bitten
  • carriers are legion & include unvaccinated barn cats; it's transmissible & incurable:vaccinate!
  • I understand the disease, but have never been encouraged by my vets to vaccinate for it for equines.
  • Not only did I view the webinar you had, I also received information from my vet
  • Since rabies is fatal if contracted, rabies shots are a requirement for all my guys!
  • I know it is a fatal disease, but I have never seen an active case. (dumb or rabid).
  • Any area with skunks, possums, raccoons need equine rabies vaccs. Period. It's silly not to.
  • I know something about rabies, but I'd like to know more.
  • and know what a threat it is in my area
  • I used to live in India and saw the disease first hand. Scary.
  • If people understood the threat to their own health they would always vacinate all their animals
  • I understand it as a horse owner
  • It is deadly and painful, and not being proactive is being ignorant!
  • Rabies is always Fatal!
  • I would have preferred a choice to say that I have a working knowledge of the disease
  • Know that the greatest threat is winter, when wildlife seeks shelter in barns .
  • I work in a diagnostic lab and am vaccinated myself form the pot. virus.
  • Every four legged animal we have one the farm is vaccinated for rabies
  • I understand a few things about rabies, but not all of it
  • While I know that any mammal is susceptible to rabies, I don't know how often it occurs in horses.
  • I know some information, not everything though.
  • Owners don't realize that the risk to their horses is also a risk for themselves, rabies is very real
  • I am not a doctor, but I have a fairly complete grasp of the disease.
  • I understand how serious rabies is but do not know how it's affects vary in horses, if at all.
  • make informed decision per your situations. WE OVER vaccinate in this country!!
  • I think the threat is dependent on area, year, incidents in your area, etc.
  • I am a veterinarian who has investigated rabies cases for 16 years in PA.
  • As a former vet tech I have prior experience with rabid animals
  • I'm a veterinarian; rabies is an issue of concern in horses
  • I don't understand why people would take such a chance with their animals.
  • An ounce of prevention is well worth it!
  • I did research when I was bitten by a stray cat and had to have the rabies series
  • I understand it is very dangerous, know horses can get it. But, I don't understand completely.
  • i don't completely understand the disease but I know enough about it to vaccinate my horse

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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