Dog euthanized in Kugaaruk after suspected rabies infection
Health Department also confirms dog attacked by fox in Whale Cove last month had rabies
A domestic dog in Kugaaruk has been euthanized after it killed a fox that showed possible signs of rabies, the Health Department said Wednesday.
The department also reported that tests done on a dog that died after being attacked by a fox in Whale Cove last month have come back positive.
“Due to the danger of rabies, we advise all residents to be on the lookout for foxes in the area,” said spokesperson Chris Puglia, in a news release.
He said anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a fox or a dog should immediately go to the local health centre and report the incident.
“Treatment must be started quickly after exposure as rabies infections are almost always fatal,” Puglia said.
He said domestic animals that spend time tied up outdoors should be monitored for a change in behaviour and possible signs of rabies, including behaving strangely, staggering, frothing at the mouth, choking or making unusual noises.
Animals exhibiting these signs should be avoided and reported to the regional environmental health office at 867-645-8071 or to the conservation officer at 867-896-9189, Puglia said.
Residents who spot foxes or wolves wandering close to communities should also contact the conservation officer, he said.