EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – However, in El Paso County tested positive for rabies after its owner bypassed veterinarians and gave the animal the vaccine themselves.
"The owner thought they were doing the right thing by buying and administering the vaccine themselves The vaccine was not handled appropriately and was not effective, ”said El Paso County Public Health epidemiologist Haley Zachary in a statement Thursday.
The health department would not confirm where the animal lived, only that it was in the monument area
Rabies in pets is extremely rare in the United States thanks to the availability of the vaccine and strict vaccination laws, in El Paso County, all domestic animals are required by law to be vaccinated, and by a licensed veterinarian to ensure the vaccine is properly administered Owners who decide to buy a vaccine at a store and give it themselves risk not doing it right and unknowingly leaving their four-legged family member unvaccinat ed.
A dog has not tested positive for rabies in El Paso County since 1
" Pet owners need to understand how close the threat of rabies is to their families, ”said Dr. Robin Johnson, medical director at El Paso County Public Health. “Living in Colorado, rabies is also close as your own backyard due to the skunks, raccoons or foxes that walk through there. Vaccinating your pets is your first line of defense. ”
Rabies is spread through the saliva of a rabid animal and can be transmitted from animals to people. Once symptoms start to appear, it's nearly always fatal. It doesn't only take a bite – rabies can also be contracted when saliva from an infected animal gets into an open wound, cuts, or enters through the eyes, nose or mouth.