Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
Especially when let outside without supervision, pet animals who have not been spayed or neutered can multiply rapidly, causing a potential health problem if the babies end up roaming the neighborhood. Spaying or neutering your pet means you don't need to worry about finding homes for kittens and puppies, and you help shelters by not adding to the number of animals they need to find homes for. In the Milwaukee Area, two agencies offer low-cost spay/neuter services:
Information about Rabies
The importantce of vaccinating your pet, even INDOOR PETS: Your pet can be exposed to rabies from certain types of wildlife outdoors, OR if an animal with rabies gets into your home and in contact with your pet. Bats can easily get into homes that are not batproofed. Because a small percentage of bats carry rabies, a bat exposure (pet is bitten or scratched or thought to have been bitten or scratched by a bat) can result in a lengthy (6 month) quarantine to an unvaccinated pet if the bat cannot be tested (and then rabies cannot be ruled out). Your pet can also be exposed to rabies through the bite or scratch of an animal, such as a skunk or raccoon, that is infected with rabies.
Bat-Proofing and Bat Exclusion
Low Cost Vaccines, Microchips and Veterinary Care are available at Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission and also The Wisconsin Humane Society has various low-cost services available to lower-income families: Visit: http://www.wihumane.org/services/vap.aspx to learn how to apply.
Technical Information about rabies is available from the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control