An increase in the number of rabies cases has prompted the Saskatchewan ministry of agriculture to issue an advisory to the public.
The ministry of Agriculture says the best defense against rabies is vaccination.
The ministry says all cats, dogs, ferrets and certain livestock like 4-H animals should be vaccinated.
The province has had 18 cases of rabies since the start of the year, up from nine cases last year and seven in 2014.
Four cases involve domestic animals, including a cow, a cat, a baby lamb and a baby goat.
Also confirmed were eight rabid skunks and six bats.
The public should watch for signs of rabies in animals, which include unusual agressiveness and some face or neck paralysis and difficulty swallowing.
A map has been released to identify at-risk areas.
Dr. Betty Althouse, the province’s chief veterinary officer, says the southeast is the worst hit region, followed by the east central area.