For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
to Companion Animals Inside Your Home!
? Some people choose not to have their
cat or dog vaccinated for rabies because they don't
think their companion animal will ever be exposed
to a rabid animal; but this decision can have grave
consequences to an unvaccinated animal when a bat
gets into your home ? something that happens regularly
in Southeastern Wisconsin .
Bats are remarkable
little animals that eat countless mosquitoes and
provide a lot of benefit to all of us. The vast
majority of bats are healthy, but they are at risk
for rabies, a virus found in the saliva of infected
animals that can be transmitted to companion animals
and humans by bites, or possibly by contamination
of an open cut. Although bats are typically not
aggressive, if your animal has an unfortunate run-in
with a bat and is bitten, it could prove to be deadly.
Humane Society recommends the following tips to
protect your dog or cat:
- Have your
dog or cat vaccinated early by their veterinarian
against rabies. Any animals which come in contact
with wild animals are at risk. Make sure your
animal receives his or her booster, required every
year, or every three years, depending on the type
of rabies vaccine used.
- Bat proof
your home to reduce your chance of having an unexpected
- cap your
- keep your
home's roof, eaves and siding in good repair;
- keep hatches
and doorways to your attic tightly sealed. For
attic doors, install a door sweep to eliminate
a gap under the door or stuff a rolled up towel
under the door.
If you or your
animals come in contact with a bat, it is very important
that you try to safely contain the bat. By releasing
the bat, you will never know whether the bat was
carrying the rabies virus. That could mean expensive
post-rabies exposure shots and the possibility of
being ordered by public health officials to euthanize
your cat or dog if they are not vaccinated. Contact
your local health department about the proper course
of action if a bat has entered your home.
disease can prove to be deadly to animals, it is
completely preventable with the proper veterinary
care. If you have any questions about rabies and
wildlife, please call (414) ANIMALS.
Opportunity : To schedule an interview
with Dr. Zeman, WHS Veterinary Manager and Scott
Diehl, Wildlife Manager about bats and rabies, please
call Michelle Pintar at (414) 431-6104. A photo
opportunity of Scott illustrating how to safely
capture a bat is also available.