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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
vet@ph.lacounty.gov
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Rabies
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Did you know?

As of October 29, 2020, fifty-one rabid bats have been found in Los Angeles County.

 

In 2019, fifty rabid bats were found in Los Angeles County.

 

When was rabies first detected in Los Angeles County?
How many rabid animals did we have last year?
Click here to learn all about LA County rabies statistics.

Quick Tips and Rabies Educational Materials (to share with family, children and friends) 10.13.20

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) Detected in California
wild rabbit resting on a fence 
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a lethal disease that was found in wild rabbits in California in May 2020.  RHD does not affect humans but is an important disease in both wild and pet rabbits.

A quarantine was recently put into effect to prevent rabbits and their products from being brought into the state. 

Click here for more information on RHD. 
Keeping Pets Safe in the Heat
dog and boy running at sunset
As the temperature heats up, don't forget to keep your pets cool!

Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe in the heat. 


Remember to never leave a pet alone in a parked car!
Reporting Rabies-Related Incidents and Animal Diseases
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Remember that rabies-related incidents and animal diseases are reportable by law to the Department of Public Health. 

For more information about rabies control in Los Angeles County

For a list of reportable animal diseases in Los Angeles County

Reporting forms are located here

Please send completed forms to: vet@ph.lacounty.gov.

Questions? Call us at 213-288-7060.
Pets in Rental Housing
close up of dog with family on the couch in the background
Implementing Pet-Friendly Policies in Residential Multi-unit Rental Housing - A Guidebook pdf icon56 12.27.19

Housing providers and pet-owning renters can use this guide as a resource to facilitate the management of pet-friendly multi-unit rental housing.

 

Teaching Children about Pet Safety and Pet Health
Picture of children petting dog on the sofa with parent   It is very important to teach children how to safely interact with animals and to consider the health of both children and pets in the family.  Promoting responsible pet ownership and treating animals with compassion are the foundations for a successful relationship between children and pets. 

Click here for resources and activities that can be used to teach children about pet health and safety.  5.8.2019
Tracking West Nile Virus in Dead Birds
  crow   Due to the department's emergency response to coronavirus, dead bird testing by VPH has been temporarily suspended as of March 2020.  3.5.2020

In 2019, fifty-five birds tested positive for WNV in Los Angeles County. 2.14.2020

How to report dead birds in Los Angeles County

Please continue to report dead birds in Los Angeles County to the State of California's West Nile Virus program at 877-968-2473. Watch this video to learn more about dead bird reporting.
Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Chickens
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An outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) in chickens was first detected in Southern California (including Los Angeles County) in May 2018.  VND is not a food safety concern.  Properly cooked poultry products and eggs are safe to eat. 
Learn more about VND.

 

California Free of Virulent Newcastle Disease - Southern California Regional Quarantine Lifted.  6.1.2020

As of June 1, 2020 - State and federal regulatory agencies have declared an end to the VND quarantine in Southern California.  Extensive testing of the regulated areas has been completed and no additional cases have been detected.  This allows poultry to again move freely in California.      

Cannabis & Pets
Picture of cannabis oil and marijuana plant leaf   California Guidelines for Veterinarian Discussion of Cannabis Effective January 1, 2020

In California, it is illegal to give cannabis or cannabis products to pets. There is currently very little research on the safety of cannabis pet products. Click here for more information on cannabis & pets. 10.16.2018

Please report cases of cannabis toxicity in pets to help us identify potentially poisonous products.

Cannabis Toxicity in Pets Reporting Form
Pet Rescue and Disease Prevention
dog looking through a fence In response to natural disasters and international events, animal rescue groups based in Los Angeles County have saved hundreds of animals. When bringing rescued pets into Los Angeles County, it is possible to unintentionally bring in disease as well. Learn more about how to prevent the spread of disease when rescuing pets. 9.21.2017
For Pet Owners

 

Keep the whole family healthy.

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