Ask the Veterinarian

A Q&A column from Dr. Teresa Hershey, a veterinarian at Westgate Pet Clinic in Linden Hills. (
Jun 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Hershey,

I have heard that bats carry rabies, what should I do if I find a bat in the house?


Dear Sean,

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system and is deadly if rabies prophylaxis is not given in time to the exposed individual.  The virus is spread through saliva, most commonly through a bite. 

Symptoms of rabies can vary.  There is a “dumb form” in which the animal appears too docile, and the “furious form” in which the animal becomes vicious and will attack without provocation.

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