A skunk found in Pueblo County has tested positive for rabies, according to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.
The skunk tested positive Wednesday. It was found in northern Pueblo County, near County Line Road.
This is the first skunk to test positive in the county since 2014. A dog living in northern Pueblo died of rabies last month.
The health department offered the following tips to prevent the spread of rabies:
- Ensure dogs, cats, and ferrets are up-to-date with their vaccinations from a licensed veterinarian.
- Discuss vaccinating horses and other livestock with your veterinarian.
- Do not feed wild animals or allow pets around wild animals.
- Teach children to stay away from wild animals.
- Do not keep pet food outside, as that may attract wild animals.
- Protect all pets, particularly animals too young to be vaccinated, from contact with wild animals.
- Vaccinate puppies and kittens for rabies as early as three months old.
- Contact a veterinarian if a dog or cat is bitten or scratched by wild animals, such as skunks, bats, foxes, or raccoons.
- When a skunk or other wildlife is out during daylight hours acting abnormally, such as stumbling or acting overly aggressive, stay away and keep children and pets away from the wild animal.
- If bitten by a wild or domestic animal, contact a physician and Pueblo Animal Services at 719-544-3005 immediately.