Yes. The law requires it. Public Health Law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated by 4 months of age. A second vaccination must be given within one year of the first, and actively immunized against rabies thereafter.
Also, if your pet is not vaccinated and bites someone or is bitten by an animal, your pet may be quarantined for 6 months or euthanized at your expense.
Get your pet vaccinated at an upcoming rabies clinic.
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A possible rabies exposure includes a bite, scratch, saliva contact to your eyes, nose, mouth or an open wound, or other physical contact with a bat or unvaccinated animal.
If a bat is found in a room with a sleeping person or a young child, exposure cannot be ruled out. The bat should be safely captured (watch the video) for testing.
Immediately report the bite to Madison County Health Department at 315-366-2526. View the steps to take when bitten by an animal (PDF).
We determine if an animal was vaccinated for rabies, should be sent for rabies testing, confined for 10 days, or be quarantined for 6 months. After investigating, we may recommend treatment for people who were exposed.