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ANIMALS - RABIES - PEOPLE

What is rabies?

Raccoon

Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the nervous system. It results in paralysis and almost certain death once the symptoms appear. Symptoms of rabies usually develop within two to eight weeks after one is infected.

All warm-blooded animals can be infected by the virus, but in this area it is most likely to be seen in raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, and when not vaccinated against it, in cats and dogs. Rabies is, however, rarely seen in rodents such as mice, squirrels, chipmunks, guinea pigs, and hamsters, or in rabbits.

STAY SAFE AROUND ANIMALS!!!

WHAT TO DO IF BITTEN?

BY A WILD ANIMAL
1. Immediately wash the wound with lots of soap and water.
2. Capture or kill the animal, if possible, so it can be tested for rabies. Take care to prevent additional bites or damage to the animals head. (DO NOT FREEZE)
3. Get medical attention. Go to your family doctor or the nearest emergency room.

BY A PET DOG OR CAT
1. Immediately wash the wound with lots of soap and water.
2. Obtain the pet owner's name, address, telephone number. Find out if the animal has a current rabies vaccination (shot) and write down the rabies tag number. The owner is responsible to quarantine the animal.
3. Get medical attention. Go to your family doctor or the nearest emergency room.

WRITE DOWN THIS INFORMATION
1. The type and description of the animal. 3. The behavior of the animal.
2. How and when the byte occurred. 4. The owner of the animal.

Those most likely to be exposed to rabies are cats and dogs who are allowed to roam,
farm animals, and humans who hunt, hike and camp.


HOW TO PREVENT ANIMAL BITES

Always leave animals alone when they are eating.
Never tease or scare animals; remember animals guard their owners, territory and property.
Never mistreat or hurt any animal.
Never pet animals when they have babies.
Never try to stop an animal fight.
Leave injured, sick or dead animals alone, and get help.
Leave all wild animals alone, especially when seen during the day.
Never keep wild animals as pets, even if they are babies.

WHAT TO DO IN THREATENING SITUATIONS


   • STAY CALM

   • STAND STILL

   • DO NOT RUN

   • TALK SOFTLY TO THE ANIMAL

   • BACK AWAY SLOWLY

Running Dog
 ALL CATS & DOGS MUST BE IMMUNIZED. IT'S THE LAW!!! 

MAKE SAFETY A HABIT

KEY PHONE NUMBERS
Warren County Department of Health 723-4870
Paws Along the River Humane Society 726-1961

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER STRAY DOGS?
Warren County 726-3604 1. Does it have tags? License? Year? Number?
DOG CONTROL HOURS 2. Tie or confine for someone to pick it up
Sat. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F 3. After hours, please house it in a garage, shed or basement until someone can pick it up in the morning

SICK WILD ANIMALS
Game Commission - Meadville 332-6890
Tamarack Wildlife - Sue 763-2574

DOG LICENSE INFORMATION
Paws Along the River 726-1961
Treasurer's Office 728-3415

DOG BITES/DOGS RUNNING AT LARGE
State Dog Warden 755-5804


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