Rabies shots are becoming critical for Colorado pets

Posted By elaine on March 23, 2010

Skunk rabies cases are on the rise in Colorado.  Last year in El Paso County there were several cases in skunks, and the disease was also confirmed in a horse, mountain lion, and a fox with 41 confirmed cases statewide in 2009.  Already this year we have had 9 cases including 3 in El Paso County and for the first time in 20 years a case in Douglas County.  This is very concerning because skunk movement is very limited in the winter months, and when the weather gets warmer and the skunks start moving more, the numbers will surely rise.  While bat rabies is fairly common, skunk rabies is not, at least it wasn’t until the last few years when cases have steadily been on the rise and moving closer to Front Range urban areas, a problem the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety says has “enormous health repercussions”    


That is why it is critical that all your pets need to be up to date on their vaccinations, and if you have livestock you should probably consider vaccinating them as well .apskunk


       In Pueblo they will be having low cost rabies vaccination clinics.  While it hasn’t been confirmed in Pueblo County, it is in neighboring counties, and will probably move across county lines.

Pueblo Animal Services will hold low cost pet vaccination clinics throughout the City and County starting in March through August this year. The first three clinics are planned for:

 MARCH 27th               Fire Station

                                    29912 U. S. 50 East         (near 29th Lane)

                                    10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 


APRIL 24th                  Boone Fire Station

                                    Main Street

                                    Boone, CO

                                    10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


MAY 22nd                    Avondale Fire Department

                                    U.S. 50 East

                                    10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.




     In most areas rabies shots are required in dogs.   If your pet is exposed to rabies, there is not a blood test for diagnosis.  Animals unvaccinated and exposed will require a costly six month quarantine if even available. If an animal bites another animal or a person and has not had shots you could be required to euthanize your pet for the necessary brain tissue sample needed to confirm whether or not your pet has rabies.

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