My pet bit someone! What do I do?

What if it’s your pet that bites someone? The best thing to do is to share your name and phone number so that if the person bitten goes to have the bite checked, Animal Control can make sure your pet is healthy and vaccinated. If you don’t want to share your information, another option is to report the bite to the Health Department directly and we can match it up to the bite reports that come in.

The big question - What happens to my pet now, are they in trouble? No, they are not in “trouble” but the Health Department does need to make sure they are healthy and vaccinated for rabies. Your pet will be put on a 10 day quarantine that you can do at home. The pet can play with family members and go out in the yard, but must be on a leash or within a fenced area; public activities should be postponed. They will also need to go to the vet to make sure they are healthy and the vet will complete a form that gets turned in; if the pet’s rabies vaccine is not up to date they will need to get one.

If you have questions or don’t know what to do, give us a call 301-600-1717. 

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