Euless Animal Control Officers recommend that residents do not approach wild animals. If you see an animal acting oddly, please contact Animal Services at 817-685-1594 or 817-685-1526 after hours.
What is Rabies?
Rabies is a disease caused by a virus found in the saliva of infected animals and is transmitted to pets and humans by bites or possibly by contamination of an open cut. Treatment of an infected person is critical. Untreated, rabies causes a painful death.
Most animals can be infected by the virus and can transmit the disease to man. Infected bats, raccoons, foxes, skunks, dogs or cats provide the greatest risk to humans. Rabies may also spread through exposure to infected domestic farm animals, groundhogs, weasels and other wild carnivores. Squirrels, rodents and rabbits are seldom infected.
If you are exposed to a potentially rabid animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. A health care provider will care for the wound and will assess the risk for rabies exposure.
Signs and Symptoms of Rabies in Wild Animals
- Unusual aggressiveness. Some animals may bite at the slightest provocation, including inanimate objects.
- Unusual tameness or difficulty to arouse.
- Animal may stumble, fall, appear disoriented or uncoordinated, or wander aimlessly.
- Show signs of paralysis by dragging the hind legs.
- Rabid animals usually stop eating and drinking causing the animal to foam at the mouth.
- Nocturnal animals may become unusually active during the day (remember, some daytime activity is normal, especially when nocturnal animals are feeding their young).
- Raccoons walk as if they're on very hot pavement.
Preventing the Spread of Rabies
Be a Responsible Pet Owner
- Keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats and ferrets.
- Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals.
- If a wild animal bites your pet, immediately seek veterinary assistance for your pet.
- Call Euless Animal Services to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood. They may not be vaccinated and could be infected.
- Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
- Try to avoid leaving pet food outside at night.
Avoid Direct Contact with Unfamiliar Animals
- Enjoy wild animals (raccoons, skunks, foxes) from afar. Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
- Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call Euless Animal Services or an animal rescue agency for assistance.
- Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
- Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.
- When traveling abroad, avoid direct contact with wild animals and be especially careful around dogs in developing countries.
Wild animals are an interesting and beautiful part of our Texas heritage. Enjoy them from a distance. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone.