A recent study, published in the journal “The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association” by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Horse Council, shows that horses are almost 4 times more likely to be exposed and to contract rabies than dogs.
According to the study, the majority of horses across the United States are not vaccinated against rabies and are at much higher risk than dogs that are vaccinated regularly.
Horses can cross path with the virus usually through bats, foxes, raccoons, and skunks that cannot be controlled 100% around the properties. There have been 2 public equine rabies cases in the recent years, one in 2006 in Tennessee, and one in 2008 in Missouri.
Rabies is one of the top deadly equine diseases and is considered as a “core equine disease”. As a core disease, it is recommended for horses to be vaccinated annually, according to the guidelines of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
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