Animal Bites
Rabies 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 information
  • 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 rabies
  • Report the contact to your veterinarian and your local animal control agency
  • It's important to keep current vaccinations for your cats, dogs and other animals!

Download a Guide about Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis for Animals

I have found a bat?