Lincoln County alpaca tests positive for rabies

An alpaca in Lincoln County tested positive for rabies after the owners and their veterinarian suspected it was infected with the virus. On July 27, 2022, the alpaca had stopped eating and could not stand, and the owner notified his … Continued

Puppies exposed to rabid skunk in Polk County

On July 11, 2022 the owner of a litter of seven puppies heard a commotion in their yard and discovered one of the puppies being carried away by a skunk. Two littermates were barking at the skunk and the other … Continued

Possible feline exposure to rabies positive bat in Pipestone County

The following situation underscores the importance of strong Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationships and reminding people of the proactive role routine vaccinations play in protecting an animal’s health. All dogs, cat, ferrets, and horses should be currently vaccinated against the rabes virus. In … Continued

Morrison County kitten tests positive for rabies

On December 10, 2021 a male 18-week-old kitten tested positive for rabies, marking the first feline and first domestic animal to test positive in Minnesota in 2021. On December 6, the owner took the unvaccinated kitten to a veterinarian because … Continued

Stearns County cow tests positive for rabies

On January 11, a Stearns County livestock producer saw one of his cows toss a skunk into the air. After killing the skunk, the producer noticed several scratches on the cow’s nose. The producer’s veterinarian submitted the skunk for rabies … Continued

Rabid bat found in Benton County parking lot

A man and his son were in a Benton County parking lot when they discovered a bat, which later tested positive for the rabies virus. This case serves as a strong reminder to report all suspicious interactions between pets and … Continued

Goat confirmed positive in Stevens County

A Stevens County goat tested positive for rabies on November 8, 2019. This case is only the third confirmed rabies positive goat in Minnesota in the last 15 years. The other two positives were in Nobles County in 2013 and … Continued

Roseau County fox kit tests positive for rabies virus

A fox kit found on a Roseau County farm tested positive for rabies on July 5, 2019. The property owner reported that a month prior, an abnormally aggressive skunk wandered onto her farm and was killed by her three unvaccinated … Continued

Puppy tests positive in Pennington County

A 16-week-old puppy in Pennington County tested positive for rabies on Friday, September 21, 2018. Around July 1, the rabid puppy, a male Blue Heeler/Black Labrador Retriever, was attacked and bitten in the hind leg by a skunk while still … Continued

Pope County cat tests positive for rabies virus

Rabies transmission is still a risk despite cold weather. A six-year-old, male, outdoor cat in Pope County tested positive for rabies on January 3, 2018. This is the first domestic animal to test positive for rabies in 2018. The owners … Continued

Benton County horse tests positive for rabies virus

A horse in Benton County tested positive for rabies on July 24. The attending veterinarian initially examined the horse on July 18 and reported it was recumbent, but able to stand with assistance. Additional clinical signs included facial spasms, low … Continued

Pennington County kitten tests positive for rabies virus

A woman in Pennington County reported one kitten from a six-week-old litter meowing more noticeably than others on June 22. She picked up the kitten to investigate the meowing and was bitten. Later, the kitten began acting strangely, shaking and … Continued

Benton County cow tests positive for rabies virus

On November 27, a farm owner in Benton County noticed one of his beef cows was not eating well, salivating, and bellowing. The cow went down in the pasture on December 2 and was having difficulty moving. The owner said … Continued

Cat in Polk County

A homeowner in Polk County, who commonly feeds stray cats, noticed on May 19 that an eight week old kitten was unsteady, skittish, and acting abnormally. Both homeowners attempted to capture the kitten and both were bitten and scratched. This kitten is part … Continued

Bovine in Benton County

On April 1, several cattle on a Benton County farm killed a skunk, which tested positive for rabies on April 7. The owners reported skunks frequent their property and decided to rabies vaccinate the cattle on the farm. Vaccinations were completed 15 … Continued

Bovine in Pipestone County

A cow in Pipestone County tested positive for rabies on Friday, January 22. The animal went down on January 17 and caretakers had difficulty trying to get her to stand again. The cow also showed clinical signs of salivating and … Continued

Feline in Steele County

A Steele County kitten is the second feline to test positive for the rabies virus this year. The property where the kitten resided is home to about one dozen stray cats. Over a period of three days, the kitten bit … Continued

Heifer in Houston County

A heifer in Houston County tested positive for rabies on May 15th. The owners reported that the heifer was walking strangely before it went down and was then unable to get back up. When the heifer did not improve overnight, … Continued

Feline in Rock County

A feline in Rock County is the first domestic animal to test positive for the rabies virus this year. The cat lived outdoors amongst a colony of approximately two dozen other cats, and was not vaccinated against the rabies virus. … Continued

Feline in Roseau County

A feline in Roseau County is the first domestic animal to test positive for the rabies virus this year. This was an outdoor cat that was not vaccinated against the rabies virus and was part of a colony of about … Continued

Bovine in Lincoln County

A Lincoln County dairy farmer noticed one of his dairy cows appeared ill on Friday, December 27. His veterinarian examined the animal and immediately recognized the cow’s clinical signs, including the classic bellow, as a probable rabies case. The veterinarian … Continued

Cat in Red Lake County

A Red Lake County man took in a stray cat days before Christmas. The cat was kept kenneled in his home where he attempted to feed and nurse it back to health. After escaping the kennel, the cat scratched and … Continued