Thursday, August 4, 2011


Okay... we had an incident yesterday in the wee hours of the morning, it seemed 3 of my dogs decided to make their acquaintance with a skunk on our property which unfortunately was the demise of the skunk and the stink of my dogs!

So when it happened (there was no mistaking, I knew!), I went out with flashlight, gloves and several, plus more, plastic grocery bags and bagged the demised and threw it into our trash can and shut the lid tightly so there would be no more playing with Pepe' for the night.

The next morning, being yesterday, I called Kathrine, our vet, as I know that skunks are known vectors for rabies, just to make sure everything was cool with my dogs and all.

So I told Kathrine what happened and almost immediately began regretting the phone call as I was being told I needed to call the Dept of Health and inform them of the incident. Ahhh... darn! Couldn't I have just heard... 'you're rabies are all up to date and you're good to go!' ~ 'Thanks' I would say and go on my merry way! But Nope!

So I made the call. I left a message with the DOH and Jessica was kind enough to call me back. She informed me that my dogs would need to be revaccinated, they were to be put in quarantine for 45 days and the skunk needed to be tested for rabies and I would have to call the Department of Environmental Management to pick Pepe' up as they were the ones that dealt with wild animals. Yay!

So I called the DEM who said no tests would be preformed but that a DEM officer would be out to dispose of Pepe'... okay I said but the DOH said that he did need to be tested? She assured me that he did not!

So I called Jessica back, she said she was going to talk to DEM herself.

In the meantime I get a call from the town Animal Control Officer who needs to come see my rabies certs form all my dogs and that the dogs need to be quarantined for 45 days and they would all need to be revaccinated... yes, yes, so I've been told.

So Michael, a huge hunky Environmental Policeman shows up wanting to see my rabies records for the dogs of which I was only able to find 2 at the time, Clifford's and Ace's was MIA! So he calls my vet and leaves a message asking her for that information and then leaves without Pepe' he said he wasn't going to take him.

As he is walking out the door Terry from Animal Control comes in. I love Terry she is awesome, we've known her since moving here and we adopted our cat, Cuckoo from the shelter for Webster's birthday. Well Terry had no idea why Mr. Hunky had to come as she was the one that had to check the certs and issue the quarantine... we both just shrugged and set to signing papers... these ones to be exact...

So now my dogs are officially grounded for 45 days, not that they go anywhere anyway, they have a 2 acre backyard to run and play in.

Then Terry bid me adieu and that left one more thing to do... the revaccinations.

So my vet called and said she was in the area in the afternoon and could stop by to which I said, come on over we'll be waiting for ya! And so she did!

She gave all four of my dogs revaccination shots and charged me $10 for each dog and didn't charge me for the house call! I Love my vet! Terry is the one that introduced me to Kathrine... and I love Terry and Kathrine, two very awesome people for sure!

And so the dust settles...


Wait a minute? What the heck? I don't get it? My dogs were up to date on their vaccines... so why were they required to be revaccinated? And why are they required to quarantined after being vaccinated a second time?

Isn't the reason they are vaccinated specifically for incidences like this? Doesn't the vaccine work in the first place? Do vaccinated dogs get rabies? And if it doesn't work what good is it going to do to vaccinate them again?? Seriously... this just doesn't make sense?

*scratches head*



  1. when things were over... it is nice to take a rest. the whole incidence seems very tiring... and boring (the waiting for it to be over and resume the other daily task).

  2. Note to not call the vet if your dogs are up to date on shots but have tangled with a skunk! Good to know!! Kim

  3. THAT exactly was the lesson I learned!!
    We went to the fair yesterday and I picked up a pamphlet titled "What Rhode Islanders need to know about rabies now" and inside it says " Vaccinations are available to ensure that your dog or cat will not get rabies."
    Really??? So then why the quarantine and revaccination?


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