We have been notified by a veterinary practice in the Parksville area that a bat has tested positive for Rabies virus.
Please make sure your dog or cat is vaccinated against Rabies.
Fortunately, this disease is rare on Vancouver Island, but it is a potentially fatal disease that humans can acquire if bitten by a rabid animal. Bats are the main vector for the disease in our area, but any animal can become infected and transmit the virus.
Our pets are curious and are attracted to a sick, weakened bat that could bite them.