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.
Symptoms of Rabid Animals (may exhibit multiple symptoms or have only 1):
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 fall RABIES 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.
What to do if you think you or your pet has had a possible exposure: