KayDee Gilkey Pet and Livestock Owners Need to Be Aware of Possible Rabid Skunks
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: May 16, 2017

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds pet and livestock owners that rabies is a deadly disease that can spread from skunks to other mammals and vaccination is the single best method to protect pets and livestock. So far this year, 34 rabid skunks have been confirmed in nine Colorado counties.

 

Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr shares several items to consider

Roehr: “I think it is helpful to watch the Colorado Department of Public Health’s website because it gives an update about where rabid skunks have been located. Over the past years, virtually every county east of I-25 has had rabid skunks at one time or another. Second if they are in those areas, certainly consider vaccinating horses and other livestock that are kept in corrals or enclosures in are in or around farm areas where skunks might frequent. I think one of the other main things to remember is any skunk behavior that is aberrant — skunks that are out in the middle of the day or are exhibiting aggressive behavior are certainly are very important signs. If they see that, they need to be aware that is behavior that is not normal and would not be uncommon with skunks that are rabid.”

Dr. Roehr urges pet and livestock owners to discuss rabies vaccination with their local veterinarian.

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