Rabies in Pueblo County (continued)
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brain and nerves and leads to death. It can be passed to animals and humans through the infected animal's saliva.
Some of the symptoms include unprovoked aggression, being unafraid of humans, trouble walking, loss of appetite, restlessness, unusual vocalizations, biting at itself/others, behavior changes, fever, convulsions, paralysis and sudden death.
Keep your pets & children away from wildlife and unknown domestic animals to avoid a possible bite and contraction of Rabies!
If you see a wild or domesticated animal acting strangely, DO NOT TOUCH IT and contact the Pueblo City/County Health Department at 583-4300. If your pet has been exposed to a potentially rabid animal, call your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If your pet is not current on its rabies vaccine and is exposed to a potentially rabid animal, it will not only possibly endanger you and your family, but it will cost you a lot of time, money and potentially your pet's life. The cost, in addition to the exam and rabies vaccine includes a 6-month quarantine at YOUR expense, which may be in excess of $1,000.00 per pet. If you cannot pay for quarantining, your pet will have to be euthanized and submitted for rabies testing.