Rabid fox

Rabid Animals

7 must know clues

The rabies virus

The virus is present in the saliva of a rabid animal. Many wild and domestic animals can be infected: dogs, foxes coyotes, wolves, and bobcats; also skunks, bats, raccoons, otters, cats, and ferrets.

Small rodents, such as rabbits, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, rats and mice are rarely infected, and their bites rarely, if ever, call for rabies treatment.

How do you suspect the animal is rabid

Wild or domestic animals with rabies act weird.

  • often act in a strange not so normal way.
  • night animals are often seen in the daytime.
  • wild animals often seem to be tame.
  • rabid animals have trouble chewing and swallowing.
  • they may chew on their old wounds over and over.
  • often have a hard time eating, drinking, and walking.
  • may become mean, drool, or become timid and withdrawn.

IF YOU SUSPECT

YOU SEE A RABID ANIMAL
Do this immediately.

1. REPORT THE ANIMAL TO LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL
2. DO NOT FEED THE ANIMAL