How can I protect myself and my family against rabies?

8 Ways to Protect Yourself & Your Family

  1. Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, and be cautious of stray dogs and cats. Rabid animals do not always appear vicious!
  2. Teach children to leave wildlife alone. Be sure your child knows to tell you if an animal bites or scratches them.
  3. Have your veterinarian (or local animal shelter) vaccinate your pets and livestock against rabies. Keep their vaccinations up-to-date.
  4. Tightly close garbage cans and feed bins. Open trash and feed bags attracts wild or stray animals to your home or yard.
  5. Feed your pets indoors; never leave pet food outside as this attracts wildlife.
  6. Keep outdoor pets in a fenced yard.
  7. Avoid all contact with bats, especially bats found on the ground. If you find a bat on the ground, don’t touch it. Report the bat and its location to your local animal control officer or health department.
  8. Call your doctor immediately if an animal bites you. Contact your local health department to report the incident; visit the CO Department of Public Health and Environment website to find health department contact information.

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1. What animals are most likely to have rabies?
2. How does an animal or person become infected with rabies?
3. What should I do if I am exposed to rabies?
4. How do I know if an animal has rabies?
5. Why are there concerns about skunks and rabies?
6. How will I know if a skunk or bat has bitten one of my animals?
7. What is the best way to avoid rabies?
8. How can I protect myself and my family against rabies?
9. Which animals should I vaccinate against rabies?
10. What will happen if my pet or livestock animal is bitten by a rabid skunk?
11. Should I trap skunks on my property and move them?