Get your dog vaccinated against rabies!

Posted By elaine on September 1, 2009

Courtesy CDC

Courtesy CDC

  Six rabid skunks have been found in El Paso County.   This is an important issue for all pet owners and a wake up call to anyone who hasn’t had their pet vaccinated.  We haven’t seen skunk rabies in this area since 1970, but now the state has confirmed 26 skunks infected with rabies  This means the disease is spreading, and fairly quickly. Under-vaccinated pets are at significant risk for acquiring rabies from skunks, which then may bring the risk for rabies exposure into the home.

Rabies is a viral disease in mammals—including people. It infects the brain and other parts of the central nervous system, causing brain swelling and damage, and ultimately, death. Rabies is spread primarily through the bite of rabid animals, resulting in the spread of the disease through their infected saliva. Rabies also can be spread when saliva from an infected animal gets into open wounds, cuts or enters through membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth.

No cure exists for rabies once symptoms appear. Preventive medication is available for people known or suspected to have been bitten by a rabid animal. It is critically important for people bitten or scratched by a wild animal or an unfamiliar animal to contact their health care provider. Also it is important to contact your veterinarian if your dog or cat is bitten or scratched by a wild animal, such as skunks, bats, foxes or raccoons.

We’ve all seen “Old Yeller” and know that it doesn’t end well for the dog, so make sure your dog, and your family, is protected with a simple and relatively inexpensive shot!

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One Response to “Get your dog vaccinated against rabies!”

  1. me says:

    too funny– you mention the end of old yeller, then you talk about one inexpensive shot. :-)

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