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RI DOH Rabies Information
Infectious Diseases of Raccoons
the facts you need to know NOW
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WHO GETS RABIES?
HOW IS RABIES SPREAD?
WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS NOW?
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY PETS?
Your veterinarian can provide information on vaccination programs for your pet. In addition, many towns now sponsor rabies vaccine clinics where dogs, and cats may be vaccinated at minimal cost. For more information on rabies vaccine clinics, call the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) at 401-751-0944.
State law now makes rabies vaccination mandatory for all dogs, cats, and ferrets.
If you are feeding a feral (stray) animal, you are its keeper. You are legally responsible for having it vaccinated!
It is recommended that all livestock be vaccinated against rabies as well.
WHEN ANIMALS BITE-- WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS BITTEN BY A CAT, DOG OR WILD ANIMAL
WHAT CAN I DO?
DOvaccinate your dog, cat or ferret. You can help establish a buffer zone between infected wildlife and human beings.
DO keep your pets confined, preferably on a leash or within a fenced-in area. Feed your pets indoors.
DO keep garbage secured tightly-preferably in the house or garage.
DO enjoy wildlife-but from a distance. Rabies may cause a wild animal or a stray to appear tame. Keep that in mind if you are tempted to feed or pet strange animals.
DO spread the word. Be clear with everyone in your family that it is important to stay away from wildlife or from dogs and cats that are unfamiliar to them.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY?
DON'Tlet your animals roam at will. If they are confined to the property, there is less risk that they will have contact with a wild animal.
DON'Tfeed wild animals or stray cats or dogs.
DON'T leave pet or picnic food outdoors. That might encourage strays or wild animals to stay close to your home.
DON'T relocate nuisance wildlife animals.
DON'T leave garbage cans out overnight or uncovered.
Love Your Own,
Rabies Kills- VACCINATE YOUR PETS