Rabies Prevention Begins With YOU
What can you do?
- Vaccinate your pet.
- Maintain control of your pets to reduce their exposure to wildlife.
- Spay or neuter to decrease the number of stray animals.
- Report any stray or ill animals to animal control (410) 749-1070.
- Report all animal bites and scratches: (410) 546-4446 during business hours or (410) 543-6996 after hours.
How can dog bites be prevented?
Before you bring a dog into your household:
- Consult with a professional to learn what breeds of dogs are the best fit for your household.
- Dogs with histories of aggression are not suitable for households with children.
If you decide to bring a dog into your home:
- Spay/neuter your dog (this often reduces aggressive tendencies).
- Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog.
- Don’t play aggressive games with your dog (e.g., wrestling).
- Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household. Teach the dog submissive behaviors.
- Immediately seek professional advice if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors.
Safety tips for children:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Do not run from a dog or scream. Remain motionless (e.g., “be still like a tree”) when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
- If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., “be still like a log”).
- Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
- Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
- Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.
- Doggie Do’s and Don’ts (también en español)