Avoid this guy! Rabies Awareness Month 2019
The First Step to Prevention Starts With The Animal Owner for Rabies Awareness

Authorities are warning people not to touch or go near wild animals and to have your pets and livestock vaccinated. Any mammal, including humans, can contract rabies and the risk increases when pets and domestic animals are not vaccinated. One rabid skunk has been found in Greeley and one near Keenesburg recently. In addition, five skunks have tested positive in Larimer County. Skunks seem to be the main culprit so far this year.

Basic Facts:

  • There are around 7,000 cases, mostly in wildlife species, reported in the U.S. every year.  These animals can expose humans or pets to this disease.
  • Wildlife in Colorado that have been found rabid include skunks, foxes, raccoons, bats, deer, mountain lions, and muskrats.
  • Cats are more likely to be infected than dogs.  This is probably because they are less likely to be vaccinated and may not be well supervised when outdoors.

The perfect time for vaccinations is during Rabies Awareness

All dogs, cats, ferrets, horses and livestock should be vaccinated.  Animals that have frequent contact with humans should be vaccinated.  Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, even if they appear friendly.
Observe wild animals from a distance.  Do not feed or handle them, even if they appear friendly.  If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to city or county animal control personnel.

Take Action Now during Rabies Awareness

Make sure your pets and livestock are current on vaccinations.  Any domestic pet exposed to rabies must be quarantined, potentially costing you thousands of dollars.  Unlike humans, there is no shot that can be given to pets AFTER rabies exposure to fight the disease.  If your pet has already had a rabies shot, then exposure requires only a booster shot.

Please do not hesitate to call Full Circle Vet Care at 970-587-5140 to see if your pet is still current on its vaccinations or to schedule your appointment today.

Get your vaccinations easily during this event for Rabies Awareness.  Full Circle will be offering one more opportunity for rabies and distemper vaccinations for only $10 each on May 18th from 8am-9am.  The Clinic will be at the Full Circle Vet Care Clinic, 7 S. Rutherford Av, Johnstown.

rabies awareness vaccination clinic

Related articles that you may find interesting – Is There a Future With No Rabies? World Rabies Day 2018 and Have You Scheduled Your Pet Friend Visit to the Vet?

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