Animal Bites

Rabies is nearly 100% fatal in humans once symptoms appear, thus, prevention is the key to success.

The Environmental Health Specialist receives animal bite reports and ensures that the victim is treated appropriately.  The EHS performs follow-up to ensure the animal is properly vaccinated and quarantined to prevent humans from the rabies virus.

What should you do if bitten?
If bitten by a wild animal...

1. Immediately wash the wound with lots of soap and running water

2. Capture the animal, if possible, so it can be tested for rabies. Take care to prevent additional bites or damage to the animal's head. Preserve the animal on ice if dead.

3. Get medical attention.

4. Call the local veterinary office and the local Health Department to report the bite.

If bitten by a pet dog or cat...

1. Immediately wash the wound with lots of soap and running water

2. Obtain the pet owner's name, address, and telephone number

3. Get medical attention

4. Call your local Health Department to report the bite
As a pet owner, you can help stop the spread of rabies!

Vaccinate your pets!

Vaccinations prevents rabies and could save your pet's life!

 It stops the costly practice of quarantining bitten animals and could potential prevent euthanasia.



CDC Rabies Information
Rabies Information in Spanish
The Path of the Virus-CDC

PEP (Postexposure Prophylaxis) Fact Sheet
Rabies Exposure Information for Owners
Rabies Exposure Information for a Bite Victim
Rabies Information
The Path of The Rabies Virus