Facts About Animal Bites
Other animals can transmit rabies and tetanus. Rodents such as mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, and rabbits are at low risk to carry rabies.
The most common type of animal bite is a dog bite. Up to 3 million people receive animal bites each year, and most bites are dog bites. Follow these guidelines to help decrease the chance of your child being bit by an animal:
- Never leave a young child alone with an animal.
- Teach your child not to tease or hurt an animal.
- Teach your child to avoid strange dogs, cats, and other animals.
- Have your pets licensed and immunized against rabies, and other diseases.
- Keep your pets in a fenced yard or confined to a leash.
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