Vaccinate Pets & Livestock

Vaccinating pets and livestock for rabies helps to protect you and your family from the virus. Dogs and cats over the age of 4 months are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies in Larimer County.

Vaccinate indoor pets

Bats can enter houses and even strictly indoor animals sometimes escape. Each year there are pet owners that must make the difficult decision to either euthanize their pet or face an expensive 6 month quarantine because a rabies positive bat came in contact with their indoor pet.

Indoor & Outdoor Cats

Cats have a natural instinct to hunt, whether they are indoor or outdoor. Sometimes a cat will catch and eat the bat, other times, they may bring the animal they caught into the house or even into a bedroom and share it with their owner.

Barn cats have a high risk of rabies exposure since they share their environment with bats and other wildlife. Children many times play with barn cats and the cats have close contact with many other animals on the property.

Preventing pet and wildlife conflicts

Keep dogs leashed when hiking and walking in your neighborhood. Loose dogs may tangle with a rabid skunk, pick up a bat from the ground, or run into other wildlife without the owner being aware it has happened. Feed your pets indoors. Do not leave pet food outside. Ensure pet doors are locked at night when wildlife is most active. Wildlife frequently visit backyards in search of food and water sources. At night, turn on a light and make some noise prior to letting the dog into the yard to give any wildlife a chance to escape first. Tightly close garbage cans and feed bins. If your pet comes into contact with a wild animal, follow up with your veterinarian.