Any mammal is capable of carrying rabies including dogs, cats, ferrets, coyotes, bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. A person is capable of being infected with rabies after being bitten or even scratched by an animal with rabies. Quick treatment can prevent the illness.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid contact with wild animals or domestic animals showing odd behavior including trouble walking or excessive salivation. It is very important to avoid any nocturnal animals when they are seen during the day. Rabid animals may also appear friendly or injured and in need of help. Do not approach or come in contact with the animals. Instead, call Animal Services at 972-744-4480 or 972-744-4111. If you do come in contact, notify your healthcare professional as quick as possible. Remember rabies is 100% preventable with timely medical care.
It is important to remember that animals such as bats are capable of transmitting rabies through minor, seemingly unimportant or unrecognizable bites. In all instances, exposure to bats should be reported to your healthcare professional and post-exposure prophylaxis should be considered.
How Can I Prevent Rabies?Rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt appropriate medical care. The most important global source of rabies in humans is from uncontrolled rabies in dogs. Children are often at greatest risk from rabies. They are more likely to be bitten by dogs, and are also more likely to be severely exposed through multiple bites in high-risk sites on the body. Proper vaccination is vitally important to ensure the safety of your family and pet.
- Visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs.
- Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.
- Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.
Finally, call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill.
Have you come in contact with a possibly rabid animal?Immediately:
- Wash the wound with soap and water under pressure from a faucet.
- Call your healthcare professional for guidance.
- If possible, quarantine the animal that bit you.
- Call Animal Services at
The first symptoms of rabies may be very similar to those of the flu including general weakness or discomfort, fever, or headache. These symptoms may last for days.
There may be also discomfort or a prickling or itching sensation at the site of bite, progressing within days to symptoms of cerebral dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, agitation. As the disease progresses, the person may experience delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, and insomnia.