How can I protect my pet?

Rabies virus is shed in the saliva of an infected dog or cat for 5 days before it shows signs of rabies. If a dog or cat bites a human, the law requires it to be quarantined to watch for signs of rabies disease. If your pet has contact with an animal that might have rabies, do the following:

  • Avoid touching damp or wet areas on your pet’s coat, face, or body.
  • Put on rubber gloves and cover your arms, legs, and feet before touching your pet.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid “flying fluid” if your pet shakes. It could get into your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Confine your pet in a safe place away from other animals and people.
  • Keep pets away from children.
  • Call Animal Control.
  • If you have any contact with saliva or tissue from the nervous system, wash thoroughly with soap and water.
  • If your pet is up-to-date on its rabies shots, get your pet a booster dose of rabies vaccine within 5 days (120 hours).
  • Do not touch an animal that may have rabies. If it is dead, use a shovel or rake to move it. Cover it with a heavy object to keep other animals and people away.

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