North Carolina rabies law require that all owned dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated again rabies by four months of age. One shot is not enough; rabies vaccinations must be kept current. Talk to your veterinarian about when your pet needs it rabies booster shots.
What is Rabies?
Rabies is a deadly virus caused by a virus. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and can be transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva
contamination of an open cut or the eyes.
What animals can get rabies?
In NC, rabies is found commonly in raccoons, skunks, red and grey foxes, coyotes, wolves, groundhogs and beavers. Bats can also transmit rabies.
Any mammal can become infected with rabies. The virus can infect domestic pets, agricultural animals such as cows and horses, and people when they
are exposed to rabid wildlife.
How Can I Tell if A Wild Animal Has Rabies?
Rabid animals may not always exhibit symptoms. Some rabid animals may act mad or strange while others may act timid or shy. A wild animal with
rabies may move slowly or act tame. Since a wild animal is not tame and usually run away from people, maintain your distance and do not approach
them. Also, avoid petting stray cats or dogs.
The only way to know for sure if an animal or a person has rabies is through laboratory tests.
If you see an animal that is acting strange, call Randolph County Animal Control at 336-683-8235 for assistance.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Pets From Rabies:
If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, follow these guidelines:
I Think My Pet May Have Been Bitten By A Wild Animal. What Do I Need to Do?
There is a Bat In My House. What Do I Need to Do?
Isolate the bat to one room and close the door. The bat needs to be tested for rabies. Call animal control at 336-683-8235 to capture the bat for testing.
Rabies Control & Prevention in NC
CDC's Rabies Information
CDC's Rabies Information for Kids