is spread by a bite or scratch from an infected
mammal. It is important to understand that animal bites may need immediate
medical care but rabies prevention treatment is rarely an emergency. Rabies
prevention treatment can be discussed when the bite is reported. Reports of
animal bites should be done within 24 hours. The animal should be confined for
a veterinary exam or testing if possible.
What should I do if...
An animal has bitten or scratched me and caused me to bleed?
Take note of the appearance/description of the animal and owner contact
Wash the area with soap and water
Report the bite to the local animal control
Your local animal control will take a report on the bite
Get a tetanus shot if you have not had one in the last 10 years
- Go to a health care provider if the bite is severe
Download a Guide about Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis for People
My pet has been bitten
or scratched by a high risk rabies carrier?
High risk rabies carriers are bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes and coyotes
Try to confine the animal, without touching it, so it can be tested for
Report the contact to your veterinarian and your local animal control
It's important to keep current vaccinations for your cats, dogs and other
Download a Guide about Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis for Animals
I have found a bat?