Rabies COMAR Information
If your pet has been bitten or attacked by a wild animal, contact Animal Control to collect the animal for rabies testing.
The animal will be sent to the State Rabies Testing Lab.
All results will be released to you by a Health Department Sanitarian
If your pet is vaccinated and the animal is negative for the rabies virus, no further action is required.
If the biting animal is positive for rabies, the Sanitarian calling with the results will advise you what course of action will be required:
If your pet has a current rabies vaccination, it will need a booster shot and will undergo a 45-day restrain (if your pet is in public it must be on a leash and be kept in your private yard).
If your pet is not vaccinated, it will need to get a rabies vaccination shot and undergo a 6-month double barrier quarantine that is overseen by the Health Department and Animal Control.
Each case is evaluated to determine what actions are needed.
If your pet is required to have shots, proof of the shots must be submitted to the Health Department by mail, in person or by fax at (301) 600-3180.
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