GWINNETT COUNTY, GA– The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement and the Gwinnett County Health Department want residents to use caution after a raccoon tested positive for the rabies virus on Tuesday (June 21).
A dog was attacked by the raccoon in the Pebblebrook Court/Arden Drive area in Buford onJune 20. The raccoon was collected by animal welfare on Monday and brought to the shelter.
All pet owners should make sure their pets are current on the rabies vaccination.
According to the National Association of State Health Veterinarians, unvaccinated dogs and cats exposed to a rabid animal must be strictly quarantined for four months and vaccinated one month prior to being released.
If left untreated, the rabies virus can be fatal in humans. Early symptoms of rabies include fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort.
Here are some tips to help protect you and your family:
- Make sure your pets get their rabies shots regularly and keep them on your property
- Do not leave garbage or pet food outside
- Report any animal acting unusual to Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement
- Stay away from wild, sick, hurt or dead animals
If you believe you have been exposed, immediately seek medical care. To report the animal and have it picked up, call the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office at 770-339-3200, ext. 5576; after hours, contact Dispatch non-emergency at 770-513-5700.