VCA Fort Collins Animal Hospital


Published: July 23, 2012

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This is the first rabid raccoon confirmed in a Front Range county in Colorado since 1963!

A raccoon entered a dog enclosure in the area of Trilby and Lemay in Fort Collins and was killed by 4 ...large dogs. The raccoon was submitted for rabies testing and came back positive late Wednesday.

Testing has not yet been done to determine if the raccoon was infected by the skunk rabies variant, but that seems likely given the current local outbreak.

No humans were exposed in this case and the dogs were up to date on their vaccines. Their care will be managed per rabies state protocols.

UNVACCINATED dogs or cats that come into contact with a rabid animal have to be either destroyed or quarantined for 180 days, 90 of which must be at a licensed veterinary hospital/clinic.

To report a potentially rabid animal or an exposed pet, please call the Larimer Humane Society's Emergency Animal Control line @ 970-226-3647 and choose option #7. In a life threatening situation for both humans and animal please call 911 immediately.

Make sure to visit your veterinarian to ensure your animals are protected with up to date vaccines.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

-  [ VCA Veterinary Emergency Hospital] [970-278-0668] [201 W. 67th Court  Loveland]

-  [Ft Collins Animal Emergency] [970-484-8080] [816 Lemay Ave  Fort Collins]