Ways to Prevent Animal Bites and Rabies

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Experts with the Environmental Health Division have recorded 350 to 400 animal bites each year in Douglas County. Therefore, they want to educate locals about how to prevent animal bites and rabies.

People tend to spend more time outside now that spring has arrived. Therefore, there are more chances of coming in contact with animals.


Angela Scott, an environmental health specialist has given a list of things to keep in mind. This will help reduce the danger of getting bitten by an animal. The foremost thing is to avoid touch or interactions with unknown animals to avoid and prevent animal bites.

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Secondly, also avoid coming into contact with bats. If you observe a bat during the day, it is almost certainly ill and should not be touched. Most importantly, reach out to the professionals at Environmental Health Care.

In addition to all this, Wild animals such as foxes, squirrels, birds, skunks, opossums, beavers, rats, venomous snakes, and raccoons should not be fed, caught, or played with. Moreover, never make an attempt to touch an animal while it’s eating or caring for its young.

Pet owners also need to be a little more responsible at this time. When out in public, keep dogs in a fenced yard or on a leash. Moreover, try to keep your pet’s rabies immunizations and vaccinations up to date. Furthermore, try to keep your pets away from wild creatures.

Lastly, if your animal has bitten someone, make an animal bite report as soon as possible. The information in the report will be used to assess the risk of rabies. Moreover, your pet will most likely just be placed on a short-term watch list.

On the other hand, if your pet dog, cat, or ferret appears healthy even after 10 days following the bite, then there is nothing to worry about. There is no danger of rabies transmission in them. The above mentioned tips will help you all to prevent animal bite and rabies.

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