What kind of animals spread rabies?

Any mammal, wild or domestic, can carry the rabies virus. Wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes are much more likely to carry rabies. However, pets or farm animals such as dogs, cats, cattle, or horses can pass rabies on to people as well. 

To prevent the spread of rabies many pets such as dogs, cats, and ferrets are vaccinated for the disease. If there is ever a bite exposure, it will be important to know the animal’s vaccination status.

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1. What is rabies?
2. How is rabies spread?
3. What kind of animals spread rabies?
4. What should you do if you are bitten?
5. Is there a special concern about bats and rabies?
6. What will my doctor do?
7. Where can I learn more about rabies?
8. Where can I learn about state and local codes and ordinances for animal bites/rabies?