Why does an animal need to be quarantined?
Any animal involved in an animal bite incident is required by State of Texas Health & Safety Code 169.27 sub section A 1,2,3,4 to be quarantined for at least 10 days from the date of the animal bite occurrence. Quarantining limits the animal's contact with other animals and people, reducing exposure if the animal is rabid. Quarantining also allows veterinarians and health officials to observe the animal for any signs or symptoms associated with rabies.
Where does an animal get quarantined?
You may take your animal to a licensed veterinarian. Stray animals are placed in the rabies observation area of the shelter for a period of 10 days with a quarantine fee of $15.00 per day. Otherwise, quarantine may take place at the owner’s property if the Local Rabies Control Authority approves home quarantine and the following criteria are met:
The animal is currently vaccinated for rabies.
The animal was not “at large” (according to city ordinance) at the time of the bite incident.
How do you quarantine your animal?
- Animal will be kept inside residence at all times, or
- Animal will be kept inside the garage at all times.
- Animal will be housed inside an approved, fenced kennel
- Animal will be kept away from other animals and people except for those in the immediate household.
- Animal shall not be removed from the specified site for any reason except when directed to do so by an Animal Control Officer.
- Animal shall not be vaccinated for rabies or given any medication or treatment during the quarantine period, with the exception of heartworm medication.
- An Animal Control Officer shall be immediately notified of any change in behavior or physical condition of the animal.
How is the animal released from quarantine?
A licensed veterinarian or animal control officer can release an animal from quarantine. After the 10-day quarantine period has expired, the veterinarian or animal control officer must examine the animal and confirm that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.
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