Exposed Pet with a current rabies vaccination

ANIMAL MANAGEMENT PLAN:
EXPOSED PET WITH A CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION

  1. Pet has been bitten or scratched by a dog, cat, or ferret: 

    1. Biting animal (dog or cat) is currently vaccinated for rabies:

      • (VERY LOW RISK SITUATION)

      • Seek veterinary care for wound, if needed

      • Report incident to local animal control authorities

    2. The biting animal (dog, cat, or ferret) is not currently vaccinated or its vaccination status is unknown, and the biting animal:

      • Is available for 10 days close observation:

        • Seek veterinary care for wounded, if needed

        • Notify local animal control authorities

        • Precautionary rabies booster optional

      • Is not available for 10 days close observation:

        • Proceed as in E

  2. B. Pet exposed to a confirmed rabid animal

    1. PET DOG, CAT, or FERRET exposed:

      • Veterinary care for wound, if needed

      • Rabies booster immediately

      • Notify Board of Animal Health and local animal control

      • Strict confinement for three months

    2. EXOTIC PETS exposed:

      • Other exotics (e.g., wolf hybrids) should be euthanized. If not, Board of Animal Health should be notified

  3. Pet directly exposed to a wild animal or domesticated wildlife (bite, scratch, fight, or carcass contact)

    1. Wild animal is a known rabies reservoir species in Indiana (Bat)

      • Is wild animal available for rabies testing?

        • YES: Euthanize and test wild animal (see procedures for submission)
          NO: Presume pet exposed - go to B

    2. Wild animal is not a known rabies reservoir species in Indiana, but is a reservoir in other states (Raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote)

      • Is wild animal available for rabies testing?

        • YES: Submit head to state rabies lab for testing (see procedures for submission)
          NO: Consult with Board of Animal Health on likelihood of exposure to rabies and need for rabies booster, observation, or confinement

    3. Wild animal is not a known rabies reservoir species

      • Consult Board of Animal Health on need for rabies testing, likelihood of exposure, and need for observation or confinement

      • Precautionary rabies booster optional

  4. Pet has been bitten or scratched by a domestic pet other than a dog, cat, or ferret

    1. "Pocket pets" (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs) and rabbits kept indoors:

      • Negligible risk for rabies

      • No specific action needed

    2. Others -- consult Board of Animal Health for advise on a case-by-case basis

  5. Pet has a wound of unknown origin that could have resulted from a bite

    1. Terrestrial rabies (skunk, fox, raccoon, coyote) is present in local area

      • Veterinary care for wound

      • Rabies booster immediately

      • 45 days strict confinement

    2. Terrestrial rabies (skunk, fox, raccoon, coyote) is NOT present in local area

      • Seek veterinary care for wound

      • Precautionary rabies booster optional

  6. Pet potentially exposed by proximity to wildlife, but no direct contact or wounds

    • Low risk situation. No action required.

    • Precautionary rabies booster optional

    • Consider close observation of pet for 45 days

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