A skunk and a fox have been tested positive for rabies in DeBaca County New Mexico. Rabies is a preventable disease that is typically transmitted through bites. It is a cross species disease, meaning it can be transmitted to humans.
Signs of rabies includes:
- Inability to eat or swallow
There is a myth about people or animals with rabies being afraid of water. This is partially true. This comes from the symptom of not being able to swallow, so people/animals would refuse water or show panic when presented with a liquid.
There is NO CURE for rabies in pets. In humans, there is a treatment but it is not guaranteed that the person will survive. If an animal has contracted rabies, they have to be euthanized. This is why it is so important that you keep your pets up to date on their rabies vaccination. It is required by law that your pet receive an annual rabies vaccination. To update your vaccinations, bring your pet into our daily walk-in shot clinic.
Once your pet has been vaccinated, they will not be safe from rabies for 10 days. If you are concerned about exposure, we recommend quarantining them for the 10 days.
A vaccine does not guarantee that your pet cannot contract rabies. If they have been exposed to a scratch or a bite from a wild animal, it must be assumed they are infected. They need to be brought to a vet immediately and put under quarantine for observation. If they do not have rabies they will be returned home. It is a good idea not to let your pet chase or interact with wild animals. Reduces exposure to wild animals will reduce your pets risk of exposure.