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Animal Quarantine and Vaccination Requirements

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Animal Quarantine and Vaccination Requirements

All non-domesticated or “wild animals” must immediately be sacrificed and tested in the State Rabies Laboratory. Domesticated farm animals are evaluated on a case by case basis.

For more updated information, visit the CDC’s Rabies webpage.

What to Do in Case of an Animal Bite?

  1. Depending on the severity of the bite, call your doctor or go to a hospital emergency room.
  2. Take a description of the animal
  3. If possible, without endangering yourself, confine the animal so it can be quarantined.
  4. If euthanized, DO NOT DO ANYTHING WHICH WOULD DAMAGE THE ANIMAL’S HEAD! HEAD MUST BE INTACT FOR TESTING.  REFRIGERATE THE HEAD IMMEDIATELY.
  5. Call the Local Health Department to begin investigation of the incident.

Rabies Prevention
Rabies vaccines are approved for dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep and ferrets. Proper and up to date vaccination of your pets is the first line of defense against rabies. Animal rabies vaccines should be administered only by, or under the direct supervision of, a veterinarian.

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