KUSA - Two dogs have tested positive for rabies in Colorado -- one in Weld County and one in Yuma County.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says they are the first cases of rabies among dogs in the state since 2003.
The cases of dogs infected are in addition to 41 cases in wild animals across Colorado just this year.
The dog in Weld County was attacked by a rabid skunk near rural Hudson. The puppy and people who came in contact with it are being treated.
The Department of Public Health says Colorado has seen a higher number of rabid skunks in 2017 compared to last.
Rabies spreads primarily through the bite of rabid animals. Here are some tips to avoid rabies
- Never touch or feed wild or stray animals. Don’t leave pet food outdoors. If you need help with a sick or orphaned animal, contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Contact a nearby animal shelter if you encounter a lost or stray dog or cat.
- Vaccinate your pets. Use a licensed veterinarian, and make sure you keep up with pets’ booster shots.
- Leash your dog. Protect dogs and wildlife by keeping your pet on a leash while walking or hiking.
- Keep cats and other pets inside at night. Keep dogs within your sight (in a fenced yard or on leash) when they are outside during the day.
- Call your veterinarian promptly if you believe your pet has been exposed to a wild animal.
- Vaccinate pastured animals annually. Have a licensed veterinarian administer an approved large-animal rabies vaccine.
- Bat-proof your home. Learn how at this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page.
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