What do I do if I am bitten or scratched by an animal?
Any time a warm-blooded animal (dog, cat, skunk, fox, bat, etc.) bites or scratches a person, there is a danger that the animal could be infected with rabies. Therefore, the following precautions should be taken:
Contact the Animal Services Division immediately.
Identify the animal. If it is an owned dog, cat, or ferret, it may be quarantined and observed for signs of rabies. If it is a wild animal, the Animal Services Division will submit the specimen for laboratory testing.
Immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water as a first aid precaution.
Consult a physician as soon as possible to determine whether post-exposure rabies treatment is necessary.