Rabies Vaccination Recommended

The High Plains Journal reported Colorado State University veterinarians’ recommendation to vaccinate livestock and horses against rabies due to an increased number of infected skunks in the state.

Increased infected wildlife is creating concern and imposing a need for precaution. Although bats have spread the disease for years, the increase in other wildlife infections is cause for preventative actions to be taken. The High Plains Journal reported the increased skunk infection has lead to additional livestock cases as well as a significantly increased risk rate.

CSU veterinarians recommend horses and livestock, particularly pet livestock such as llamas and alpacas, be vaccinated once a year, and also recommend vaccination of commercial production livestock in locations where there is high skunk activity. CSU veterinarians also strongly encourage all companion pet owners to vaccinate their cats and dogs. All warm-blooded animals, including humans, can be infected with rabies.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by DogsMom on December 6, 2010 at 8:44 am

    According to my health department–I’m part of animal control for our county–animals must be vaccinated by a vet for it to be legally recognized.

    This is especially important for pet animals. If a pet animal has an encounter with another animal that could be suspected of rabies, the owner has these options:
    1. An animal with current proof of rabies (administered by a vet) will observe their animal at home for 45 days.
    2. An animal with past proof of rabies vax (by a vet), but not current will be observed at home for 90 days.
    3. An animal that has never had proof of rabies vax by a vet will be boarded at a designated facility for 90 days at the owners expense. Our shelter boards bite holds, etc. for $10 a day. That would be a $900 bill for someone to pay.
    4. If the owner can’t do any of the above, the animal will be euthanized.

    Signs of rabies include unusual behavior–a wild animal that shows an unusual lack of fear of domestic animals or humans.
    Sensitivity to light.
    Neurological problems–stumbling, lack of attentiveness.

    A wild animal must be destroyed for testing. Domestic animals can undergo observation for a period of at least 10 days (my health dept. wants 11 days).

    If an animal (wild or domestic) has to be destroyed for testing, the head must remain intact in order to be tested.

    I live in a rural part of CO and was concerned when I found out a vet had to issue the rabies vax–I had always vaccinated my own animals as I lived in the country and had no licensing or tag requirements. I know many around me who do the same. I just don’t want someone to be hit with the above choices without knowing what’s at stake.

    This is my understanding of regulations here in Colorado. Please correct me if I have anything wrong. Thanks.


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