Dogs, cats, raccoons, and other furry friends love summer weather. As both humans and animals get more active and start spending more time outside together, take steps to avoid confrontation and keep everyone safe:
Ask the owner before you approach an animal.
After asking permission, let an animal see and sniff you before petting it.
Don’t approach wild or stray animals.
Keep two eyes on children when they’re playing with pets.
If you have a pet, make sure it is up-to-date with the rabies vaccine from a veterinarian.
If someone gets bitten by any animal, make sure the bite is taken care of. If it’s a serious bite, take the bitten person to the emergency room. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all dog bites include a risk of getting rabies.
Call the Lorain County General Health District at 440-322-6367 if you experience or witness an animal bite. We check up on all animal bites in the county and act as an unbiased third party in all animal bite incidents. We will: check that the animal has an up-to-date rabies vaccination, make sure it is healthy, and report back to you. If you do need protection from the rabies virus, we can connect you with a vaccine.
Reuben, a North Ridgeville resident, does what he can to stay active and healthy. He volunteers at multiple nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and residents rely on Reuben for company and camaraderie. “The stories that those people have to share with me and the look of gratitude in their eyes is great pay for me,” he explains.