About Animal Rabies
is rabies spread?
When an animal is sick with rabies, the virus is shed in the saliva and
can be passed to another animal or a person, usually through a bite.
Transmission may also occur if this saliva or the animal's nervous tissue
enters open wounds, the mouth, nose or eyes of another animal or person.
What do rabid animals look like?
Animals with rabies may show strange
behavior -- they can be aggressive, attacking for no apparent
reason, or act very tame (especially wild animals). They may not be
able to eat, drink or swallow. They may drool because they cannot
swallow their saliva. They may stagger or become paralyzed.
Eventually they will die.
What do I do if an animal bites me?
scrub the wound with lots of soap and running water for five to ten
to get a complete description of the animal and determine where it is so
that it can be picked up by animal control staff for quarantine or rabies
to your family doctor or the nearest emergency room.
your county health department or animal control agency with your
description and location of the animal. The animal will either be
quarantined for ten days (if it is a dog, cat or ferret) or be tested for
If you kill the animal, be careful not to damage the head, and
avoid further contact with the animal even when it is dead.
What do I
do to protect myself, my family and my pets from rabies?
your veterinarian vaccinate all of your dogs, cats, ferrets and horses
against rabies, and make sure you follow your veterinarian's instructions
contact with wild or stray animals.
feed wild or stray animals -- avoid attracting them with outdoor food
sources (like uncovered trash). Feed your pets indoors.
not allow your pets to run free. Follow leash laws by keeping pets and
livestock secured on your property.
animal control in your community. If your animal is attacked by a wild,
stray or unvaccinated animal, DO NOT examine your pet for injuries without
wearing gloves. Wash your pet with soap and water to remove saliva from the
attacking animal. Do not let your animal come into contact with other
animals or people until the situation can be dealt with by animal control
or county health department staff.
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