Protecting the Public! The purpose of the ten-day period is to determine if rabies virus could have been in the animal’s saliva at the time of the bite. An animal infected with rabies and shedding virus will certainly be dead within ten days. There is no test for rabies in a living animal but since we know that death follows quickly after the virus becomes contagious, a living animal can be confined for 10 days. If the animal is still alive 10 days after biting a person, then the bite could not have transmitted rabies.

Always seek medical attention if you are bitten by an animal, even a cute little friend!

Laws regarding biting animals and rabies vaccination are highly regional.

Rabies vaccination protocols are typically controlled by municipal regulations. Most communities legally require vaccination of all cats and dogs and ferrets.