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Skunk tests positive for rabies; officials stress importance of vaccinating pets 

(March 17, 2014)  The City of Frisco reminds residents to vaccinate their pets following confirmation of a case of rabies in a skunk found in Frisco. City animal control officers also encourage residents to avoid contact with skunks and other wild animals. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control confirms a skunk removed from a resident's property in Frisco on March 14 tested positive for rabies. City animal control officers report a homeowner had found an injured skunk near the intersection of Eldorado Parkway and Preston Road. Animal control was summoned to impound the skunk, and it was sent to Austin for testing. This is the second rabid skunk found in Frisco this month.

While skunks are naturally nocturnal animals, animal control officers say it’s not unusual to see an urban skunk during daylight hours. Symptoms of rabid skunks include crusty eyes and noses, disorientation and staggering. Other signs of rabies include excessive salivation and aggressive behavior.    

Frisco animal control officers share the following tips to help prevent rabies exposure:

-        Vaccinate your dogs and cats.  Rabies vaccinations are required by ordinance.  Keeping your pets vaccinated protects you and them.

-        Restrain your pets; do not allow them to roam.  Animals at large are prohibited.

-        Avoid contact with wild animals and with dogs and cats you do not know.  Do not try to hand-feed wild animals and do not keep them as pets. 

-        Do not touch sick or injured animals.  Report sick or injured animals to Animal Control at
972-292-5303.

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