Updated Rabies Home Quarantine Law for Hood County
We were glad to see the updated Rabies Quarantine Ruling that was recently decided upon by Hood County Animal Control. Home quarantine makes sense for pets that are current on their Rabies Vaccine and in cases where the person bitten was either an immediate family member or an adult who agrees to the home quarantine.
It is imperative that those pets are kept confined (per Animal Control guidelines) during the quarantine period.
If something happens and they were to escape and not be found, it is likely that the Texas Department of Health would recommend the person that was bitten receive post exposure Rabies prophylaxis (vaccination), which can be very costly.
It is important to note that each individual county in Texas has it's own Rabies Control Authority which, overseen by County Commissioners, can set more stringent Rabies Vaccination laws based on the risk of exposure to pets and humans in the area. Private practice veterinarians do not have any authority over the laws- we are only here to help clients abide by them by vaccinating and quarantining pets on request of the owner.
The following handout is from the Texas Department of Health about quarantine when dealing with animal bites to people.