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Fact Sheet: Rabies in Horses


Rabies is a severe, life-threatening neurologic disease that can affect all mammals, including horses, dogs, cats, skunks, wolves, foxes, raccoons, and bats.

Although rabies is a preventable viral infection of the nervous system and salivary glands, it can spread quickly to other horses and animals, and even to humans.

This free fact sheet covers the clinical signs of rabies in horses, as well as vaccination, diagnosis, and helpful steps you can take to prevent your horse from contracting rabies. We provide you with helpful details so you’ll know how to curb a rabies outbreak among your horses and other animals.


Written by:

Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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