Rabies COMAR Information
Rabies Clinics & Overview
• Rabies is a virus that can affect both domesticated (dogs and cats) and non-domesticated animals (groundhogs, skunks, cows, bats, possums, etc.). Fish, snakes, lizards, and birds cannot carry or get the rabies virus.
• The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. You cannot get rabies from blood, skunk spray, urine, feces, or from petting an infected animal.
Who to Contact:
• Animal Control: to report bites and collect specimens
- During regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8-11): call 301-600-1544
- Afterhours, weekends, and holidays: call 301-600-2558
• Environmental Health: for general rabies questions
- During regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8-5): call 301-600-1717
- Afterhours, weekends, and holidays: call 301-600-1603 to reach the Frederick County
Communications Center, and they will contact the Environmental Health supervisor on call
regarding the emergency.
• Community Health Services: for questions about human exposure/bites
- During regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8-5): call 301-600-3342
Rabies Signs in Animals:
Symptoms of Rabid Animals (may exhibit multiple symptoms or have only one):
• Foaming at the mouth
• Staggering movements
• Daytime activity in nocturnal animals (e.g. raccoon attacking a dog during the day)
Additional Signs to Look For In a Pet:
(loss of muscle control and coordination)
• Disinterest in food or water
• Difficulty waking up
• Signs of depression or self-mutilation
Protect Your Pet:
The only way to fully protect your pets is to ensure that they are currently vaccinated
• The Health Department offers rabies vaccination clinics for cats, dogs, and ferrets 3 months of age and older. For more information and a list of dates, please view our
2014 Health Department Rabies Clinics Flyer
or call 301-600-1717.
• For Animal Control clinics, visit
or call 301-600-1546.
• For Humane Society clinics and micro-chipping information, visit
or call 301-694-8300.
• For Animal Welfare League rabies clinic & spay/neuter information, visit
or call 301-663-5855.
What to do if you think you or your pet has had a possible exposure:
Additional Rabies Information:
Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
COMAR 10.06.02 Rabies
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