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Pet Exposure
Pet Exposure
Under state regulations, all human and pet bites must be reported to Animal Control. If you or your pet has been bitten by a domesticated pet or a wild animal, please contact Animal Control.
   • During regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8-11): call 301-600-1544
   • Afterhours, weekends, and holidays: call 301-600-2558

If your pet is bitten or attacked by a wild animal that is still present onsite:
   • Contact Animal Control to report the bite and pick up the animal.

If your pet is bitten or attacked by an animal that is unable to be collected:
   • Contact Animal Control to report the bite.
   • Contact the Health Department at 301-600-1717 for advice on further actions.

Rabies Test Results:
   • Any potentially rabid animal that has been in contact with a human or pet will be collected by Animal Control and submitted to the Rabies State Testing Lab. Note: Domesticated animals will be put under a 10-day observation quarantine and will not be submitted for testing.
   • Once the Health Department receives the positive or negative test results from the State Lab, the bite victim and the pet owner (if applicable) will be contacted with these results.
   • If the biting animal tests negative for rabies and your pet is vaccinated, no further action is needed.
   • If the biting animal tests negative for rabies and your pet is not currently vaccinated, it must be vaccinated.
   • If the biting animal tests positive for rabies, each case will be individually evaluated to determine what actions are needed; general guidelines, however, are as follows: 
     - If your pet has a current rabies vaccination, it will need a booster shot and will undergo a 45-day quarantine. This means your pet must have limited exposure to members outside your immediate family and must be kept in a private yard or restrained on a leash if in public. Note: Proof of rabies vaccination must be submitted. 
     - If your pet is not vaccinated, it will need to get a rabies vaccination shot immediately and undergo a 6-month double barrier quarantine that is overseen by the Health Department and Animal Control.
   • 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.

For explanation of quarantine (10-day, 45-day & 6-month):
   • Rabies COMAR for Individual Situations

For more information:
   • Rabies Overview Pamphlet