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Tips to protect yourself against rabies

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Chatham County Health Department Environmental Health Division offers these tips to protect you and your family from rabies:

  • Avoid contact with animals you don't know.
  • Make sure your pets receive the proper immunizations. Dogs and cats should get rabies vaccines by four months of age, followed by a booster shot one year later, and another one every year as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or by leaving pet food out at night.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call animal control or a properly licensed animal rescue agency for assistance.
  • Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. "Love your own, leave other animals alone" is a good principle for children to learn.


 If an animal ever bites you, seek medical care immediately and contact Chatham County Animal Control at 912.525.2408 and the Chatham County Health Department Environmental Health Division at 912.356.2160.

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