Veterinary Public Health


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Contact Information
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 January 8, 2020, one rabid bat has 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.  

Pets in Rental Housing
dog with family in house
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   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 report dead birds in Los Angeles County to either the State of California's West Nile Virus program at 877-968-2473 or to our program at 213-288-7060. 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. The outbreak has been successfully controlled, although a few sporadic cases are still reported as of early 2020. VND is not a food safety concern.  Properly cooked poultry products and eggs are safe to eat. 
Learn more about VND.

As of February 27, 2019 - All poultry in Los Angeles County have been placed under state quarantine.  The quarantine also includes parts of neighboring counties and includes poultry products, poultry materials and non-poultry species.  Reporting of sick birds is mandated, movement of birds is prohibited and all exhibitions must  cease.   This quarantine is necessary to stop the spread of VND in birds.   

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 Hurricane Harvey, 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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learn more.

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