Rabies is a virus that can affect both domesticated (dogs and cats) and non-domesticated animals (groundhogs, skunks, cows, bats, opossums, etc.). Fish, snakes, lizards, and birds cannot carry or get the rabies virus. The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. You cannot get rabies from blood, skunk spray, urine, feces, or from petting an infected animal.
Who to Contact
Animal Control: to report bites and collect specimens
During regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 7am-11pm): call 301-600-1544
After hours, weekends, and holidays: call 301-600-1603
Environmental Health: for general rabies questions
During regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm): call 301-600-1717
After hours, weekends, and holidays (The Frederick County Communications Center will contact the on-call Environmental Health supervisor regarding the emergency): call 301-600-0312
Community Health Services: for questions about human exposure/bites
During regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm): call 301-600-1733
After hours, weekends, and holidays: call 301-600-0312
Rabies Signs in Animals
Symptoms of Rabid Animals (may exhibit multiple symptoms or have only 1):
Foaming at the mouth
Daytime activity in nocturnal animals (e.g. raccoon attacking a dog during the day)
The only way to fully protect your pets is to ensure that they are currently vaccinated. The Health Department offers rabies vaccination clinics for cats, dogs, and ferrets 3 months of age and older.
DUE TO COVID-19, THE 2021 spring and fallRABIES CLINICS have been cancelled. The FCHD plans to have multiple rabies vaccination clinics in 2022. Check back for dates once March 2022 arrives. For more information about other rabies vaccination options please call 301-600-1717.