HELP! I was bitten by a stray dog/cat. Will I get rabies? What do I do?
If you are bitten by a dog/cat unknown to you (animal is a stray or you do not know if animal has an owner who vaccinates against rabies regularly), call the Animal Bite Center Hotline at telephone # 816-1111.
1. Clean the wound.
2. Consult your doctor or go to your nearest hospital's emergency room for medical help. San Lazaro Hospital and RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) are bite centers and offer treatment at a lower cost compared to private hospitals.
3. The dog has to be observed for signs of rabies for 10-14 days. Please work with a vet and/or your LGU, barangay or city vet regarding observation.
If you are bitten or nipped by your pet dog and you have not been properly vaccinating your dog, please follow the steps mentioned above.
Animal Bite Center Hotline contact #: 816-1111
Dept. of Health's National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (DOH-NCDPC) contact #: 751-78-00 or 651-78-00 local 2352
How to decrease the chances of being infected with rabies? FOR PET OWNERS:
1. Make sure your pets are vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian every year against rabies. This is required by law every year due to the incidence of rabies in the country. Please work with your trusted vet regarding the vaccination schedule of your pets.
2. Spay/neuter your pets. Spaying and neutering will help reduce the number of the abandoned and unwanted pets in your community. The consequences of stray and homeless animals' overpopulation is well-known. We all know what happens when homeless animals or strays visit our trash cans, defecate on our properties and worse, bite humans.
3. Make sure your pets are not allowed to roam loose out in the streets and public places.
RA9482: The Anti Rabies Act SEC. 5. Responsibilities of Pet Owners. – All Pet Owners shall be required to:
(a) Have their Dog regularly vaccinated against Rabies and maintain a registration card which shall contain all vaccinations conducted on their Dog, for accurate record purposes.
(b) Submit their Dogs for mandatory registration.
(c) Maintain control over their Dog and not allow it to roam the streets or any Public Place without a leash.
(d) Be a responsible Owner by providing their Dog with proper grooming, adequate food and clean shelter.
(e) Within twenty-four (24) hours, report immediately any Dog biting incident to the Concerned Officials for investigation or for any appropriate action and place such Dog under observation by a government or private veterinarian.
(f) Assist the Dog bite victim immediately and shoulder the medical expenses incurred and other incidental expenses relative to the victim's injuries
RA9482: The Anti Rabies Act States the responsibilities of your LGU, the responsibilities of a pet owner, the responsibilities of the pet owner whose dog has bitten a person (important emphasis: Pet owners whose pet has bitten a person or another dog should shoulder the cost of treatment for the injured party).