Rabies is a preventable viral disease that affects the central nervous system. When an infected animal bites or scratches, the virus can be transmitted through the saliva. Animals such as raccoons, bats and foxes are likely to be infected. They can pass the disease onto domestic animals such as dogs, cats and ferrets. Humans can also get rabies through the bite and scratches of these infected animals. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself and your animals from rabies. The Montgomery County Health Department’s Rabies Prevention Program provides services such as animal bite reporting, animal testing and the rabies vaccination for animals to protect residents from rabies. 

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  1. Animal Bite Reporting
  2. Rabies Testing
  3. PEP Guidelines for People
  4. Rabies Vaccine for Pets
  5. Animal Control Services
All animal bites are reportable to Montgomery County Health Department. If an animal scratches or bites another animal and/or person, the incident must be reported due to Montgomery Health Department’s Rabies Prevention Program. There are 3 animal bite report forms: Human Bite, Wound of Known, and Wound of Unknown. The appropriate animal bite form should be completed, then faxed to Montgomery County Health Department. 


Human Bite Report Form
Report when a person has a possible rabies exposure through a bite, scratch or contact with saliva of an animal.

Wound of Known Report Form
Report when a possible rabies exposure has occurred through a bite, scratch or contact with saliva of 2 animals.

Wound of Unknown Report Form
Report when a domestic animal has an exposure to a suspected rabid animal that cannot be located. 

Rabies Examination Form
A Rabies Examination Form should be completed by a licensed veterinarian after an animal's quarantine period. Quarantines can vary from 10 days, 45 days, 90 days, or 6 months depending on the incident and the animal’s vaccination status. For further questions or concerns contact Montgomery County Health Department. 

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