UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- In Central Texas, many homes are experiencing the wild side of the drought, which is dangerous for your pets and family.
With limited water sources wild animals are venturing closer to cities bringing rabies along with them.
In the first 6 months this year alone there have been 268 rabies cases compared to last year's 109 cases during the same time frame.
Officials say bats and skunks are the most common carriers of the disease but there are some tips to keeping your animals and your family safe.
"Dogs and cats need their rabies vaccinations and we emphasize cats. Dogs can be in a fenced environment, but an outside cat is able to go roaming around and then has the potential for being exposed to wild animals," said Clem Malone, a local veterinarian.
Malone said any of your animals three months of age or older should have their initial rabies vaccination and you should educate your children to never approach a wild animal dead or alive.