By Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry says Oklahomans with pets, horses and show animals should make sure they get rabies vaccinations.

Rabies is a virus that can only infect mammals and is carried by skunks and bats. Rabid animals spread rabies to other animals or to people primarily through a bite.

Direct contact with the saliva or nervous tissue of a rabid animal can also result in exposure to rabies. Although dogs and cats are most commonly thought of as getting infected with rabies, livestock species may also be infected.

Dr. Justin Roach, the department’s staff veterinarian, says all pets, horses and exhibition or show animals should be vaccinated. Roach says that as the show season approaches, Oklahomans will be having daily contact with livestock that are susceptible.

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