Rabies is a serious and fatal infection that causes disease in the brain and leads to death. The number of rabies-related human deaths in the United States has declined from more than 100 annually at the turn of the century to one or two per year since the 1990's. Modern day prophylaxis has proven nearly 100% successful.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of rabies in an infected animal. A rabid animal may exhibit some of the following symptoms:
- Behavior change: the animal may look anxious, aggressive or more friendly then normal
- Excessive drooling
- Foaming at the mouth
- Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies as required by law. All dogs and cats more than three months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. Keep vaccinations current at all times.
- Keep dogs and cats under control. Animal control laws prohibit allowing animals to roam unsupervised. Roaming pets are more likely to have been exposed to rabies than those supervised by their owners.
- Leave stray or unknown dogs and cats alone. Stray animals are more likely to have been exposed to rabies and to attack others. Keep pets away from strays too.
- Avoid wild animals even if they appear friendly, and do not coax a wild animal to eat from your hand. Do not fear wild animals, just respect and stay away from them. Very young children can learn this rule.
- Do not keep wild animals as pets. There are no approved vaccines for wild animals.
- Make your property unattractive to wild animals. Cap chimneys and seal off any openings in attics, under porches and in basements. Feed your pets indoors and keep trash cans tightly closed.
For More Information
MCHD Rabies Clinic Flyer
MCHD Rabies Clinic Reminders
CDC Rabies Home Page
PA Department of Agriculture
PA Bureau of Laboratories
The Montgomery County Public Health Code requires all dogs, cats and ferrets more than three months of age to be vaccinated against rabies. As part of our county Rabies Prevention and Control Program, we want to ensure residents stay informed about low-cost options available in the community to assist in keeping rabies vaccination current at all times.
Clinics Sponsored by the Montgomery County Health Department
Abington Recycling Center Montgomery Hose Fire Company
2201 Florey Lane 201 Freedley Street
Abington, PA 19001 Norristown, PA 19401
Saturday, May 20, 2017 Saturday, September 16, 2017
Additional Clinics in Western Montgomery County
Diane's Discount Pet Supplies and Adoption Center
1405 Pottstown Pike
Pottstown, PA 19465
First Saturday of each month
Sanatoga Animal Hospital
2814 East High Street
Sanatoga, PA 19464
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Pottstown Pet Fair
75 West King Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Saturday, September 16, 2017
If you are a community-based organization that provides low-cost rabies vaccine to pets and would like to be added to this list, please contact the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Rabies Prevention and Control Program at 610-278-5117.