**Please note: There will be no vet services April 12. Additionally, no vet services April 19, while PAWS is closed for Good Friday. For urgent needs, see local vets list below.**
Every dog and cat over three months of age must have a current vaccination against rabies in Rutherford County, TN.
Rabies vaccines are available at PAWS for $15, and includes the license. Typically rabies vaccines are given Monday through Thursday, from 12 - 4 p.m. and Fridays 12 - 2 p.m., when a veterinarian is available. Many times the veterinarian is in later than the provided hours- It is always best to call ahead before bringing your pet in for their vaccination. No appointment is necessary - walk-ins only. A list of other local vets is below.
Rabies is transmitted by the saliva of infected mammals, primarily dogs, cats, skunks, raccoons, and bats. There have been isolated cases of rabid cows and horses. If untreated, it is FATAL to humans. The treatment for a bite by a rabid animal is long and painful. An unvaccinated animal that is bitten by a rabid animal should be destroyed. An unvaccinated animal that bites a human will likely be destroyed in order to test for rabies. Nearly all of the animal that test positive for rabies in Rutherford County are skunks, which are being driven out of their normal habitat by development. IF YOU SEE A SKUNK OUT IN THE DAYTIME, LEAVE IT ALONE (IT IS PROBABLY RABID) AND CALL 898-7740. Raccoons are beginning to show up in Eastern Tennessee with a new strain of rabies that may lead to increased cases of rabies among cows and horses. At least once a year the Rutherford County Veterinarians offer rabies shots for a discounted rate during the "Rabies Clinic Week." Call your local veterinarian for a schedule.