CAMDEN COUNTY, GA – Reports of recent dog bites in Kingsland prompted Camden County Environmental Health officials to encourage rabies precautions.
Wednesday, they released a series of preventative steps that include avoiding wild or stray animals and making sure pets are vaccinated against rabies.
Rabies is a potentially deadly virus, primarily spread by infected animals.
Symptoms of rabies in animals include a change in behavior, biting, aggression, showing no fear of natural enemies (such as humans), foaming at the mouth, and paralysis.
The Camden County Health Department Environmental Health Division offers these tips to protect you and your family from rabies:
- Avoid contact with animals you don't know.
- Make sure your pets receive the proper immunizations. Dogs and cats should get rabies vaccines by four months of age, followed by a booster shot one year later, and another one every one to three years as prescribed by your veterinarian.
- Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or by leaving pet food out at night.
- Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
- Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call animal control or a properly licensed animal rescue agency for assistance.
- Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. "Love your own, leave other animals alone" is a good principle for children to learn.