In Oregon, the chance of getting rabies from a cat or dog bite is very low, however, all bats should be considered rabid unless proven otherwise. If rabies cannot be ruled out in the bat then PEP (preventative serum) should be strongly considered. Animals that are at risk for rabies in Oregon include bats, cats, dogs, and foxes.

Rabies Symptoms:
  • Behavior change
  • Excessive drooling or sometimes foaming in the mouth
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Loss of coordination of paralysis
  • Drooping of the lower jaw
  • Unusually aggressive or vicious behavior or unusual lethargy

There are a number of factors that need to be considered with each incident that determine the best course of action, therefore it is important to report the bite to Animal Control. Making sure that your tetanus vaccine is up to date, and receiving adequate wound care are also important ways to prevent disease and infection.

Report all animal bites to Deschutes County Animal Control: 541-693-6911

For State Laws on Vaccination, Reporting, Quarantine, etc. please visit the State of Oregon's Public Health website using the link provided at the bottom of this page.