How can I prevent bites from wild or unfamiliar animals?
To protect yourself and your pets from animal bites:
Leave all wild animals alone. Do not approach, touch, or try to feed any animals that you don't know.
Never adopt or bring wild animals into your home. Contact a
wildlife rehabilitation facility if you are concerned that a wild animal needs care.
Remove food that attracts wild animals by keeping garbage in closed, secure containers, and don't leave pet food outside overnight.
Seal holes or gaps in your home where bats and other animals could enter.
Take extra care to avoid animals when
travelling abroad, especially dogs in developing countries, as rabies in dogs is common in some countries.
Always ask permission before you approach or try to pet another person's dog that you don't know.
Keep pet cats indoors as much as possible. Indoor cats are less likely to have contact with wildlife that might have rabies and other infectious diseases.
If you take your pets off your property, keep them on a leash and under your control at all times.
What should I do if a wild animal bites me?
If you are bitten by a wild animal, you should immediately wash and scrub the bite area with soap and running water and seek medical care from a doctor or healthcare provider. Rabies is 100% preventable if you seek medical care right away after an animal bite. A doctor will decide if the wound requires medical attention and if you need treatment to prevent rabies.
If your doctor decides that you could have been exposed to rabies, your doctor may recommend that you receive a series of rabies vaccinations, which will prevent rabies symptoms.
Report the bite to your local animal control agency. If the wild animal hasn't been captured, animal control officers may be able to locate and test the animal for rabies. If the wild animal is in your house, animal control can remove the animal. Do not grab or try to capture the animal yourself. If the animal is a bat, carefully follow
instructions on how to safely secure a bat until it can be collected by animal control.