Q) What should I do if my pet catches a bat?
A) Under normal circumstances, bats are harmless, beneficial animals that should be left alone. However, bats are the most common carrier of rabies in Oregon. If a bat is brought home by your cat or dog, it is best to have it tested for rabies. This service is available through Oregon State University; contact Lane County Environmental Health Department for more information. Exposed pets may be quarantined or treated depending on whether or not the bat has rabies. Failure to follow these recommendations can lead to human exposure to rabies, a disease that is fatal greater than 90% of the time.
To learn more about rabies, visit Veterinary Partner.com.