LYNN HAVEN, Fla. A raccoon killed near the Panama City Country Club in the City of Lynn Haven has tested positive for rabies.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay County would like to remind citizens that Florida law requires all dogs and cats over four months of age to be currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Animals given “feed-store” rabies vaccines by their owners are not legally vaccinated.
Most laboratory confirmed rabid raccoons are involved in conflicts with dogs. Following raccoons and bats, domestic cats are the animal third most likely to test positive for rabies in Florida.
An unvaccinated pet increases your family’s risk for exposure to this deadly disease. Dogs and cats without a current veterinarian-administered rabies vaccination should not be left outside unsupervised.
This is the ninth Bay County animal testing positive for rabies since January of 2013. A rabid raccoon was killed in Panama City near Venetian Way in December of 2013.