How to Respond to a Rabid Animal on Your Property: Rabid animals can be unpredictable and vicious, and their bite can be deadly. Rabies is a virus that can be transmitted to humans from animals infected with it. This disease causes brain inflammation, which eventually leads to death.
Understanding the seriousness of rabies, recognizing the signs, and knowing how to seek treatment is vital to protecting you and your loved ones. If you don’t know how to recognize rabid animals or even what a sick animal looks like, you might not know what to do. Here’s an overview of what you need to know about responding to a rabid animal on your property:
How to Tell If an Animal Is Rabid
Don’t assume that every nocturnal animal you spot during the day is a rabid animal. There are several signs and symptoms for recognizing animals with rabies. In many cases, a rabid animal may droll or foam at the mouth, seem disoriented, have seizures, make weird vocal noises, or show aggressive behavior.
However, you can’t always tell whether or not an animal on your property has rabies just by looking at it. Some wild animals may be naturally friendly or irritable. The key is observing unusual behavior and treating any bite seriously.
How to Deal with a Rabid Animal on Your Property
If you have an animal on your property that appears to be rabid, you should do everything possible to avoid getting into contact with the animal. First, contact local wildlife officials or a professional animal removal company immediately.
Second, keep a respectful distance. Never try to approach an animal that is acting strangely or seems aggressive. If the animal approaches you, try to put a solid object between yourself and the creature. Then back away slowly, as most animals may chase you if you run, and in most cases, they can outrun you.
What to Do If Bitten by a Rabid Animal
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a rabid animal, don’t panic. Wash the wound carefully with soap and a lot of water to reduce the probability of catching an infection. Remember to do the normal first aid as you would do for any other injury. If you can, try to capture or at least identify the animal before it runs away, but don’t try to pick it up.
You should immediately call your doctor or rush to the nearest hospital and explain how you got the bite. Your doctor will give the anti-rabies treatment recommended by the United States Public Health Service and also treat you for any other infections that might occur. Finally, report the bite to the local health department.
Shumaker’s Animal Control Can Help
Having a rabid animal on your property can be scary and dangerous to your family and pets. If you spot an animal on your property that portrays signs of rabies, don’t try to approach or capture it yourself, but leave this for the professionals to do.
Shumaker’s Animal Control can effectively handle all rabid animals in Maryland. Our highly qualified team can humanely trap and remove rabid animals from your property. To get in touch with us, visit our website to check our services and fill out our contact form. You can also call us at 443-854-8072 for more information.