Rabies in Fairfax County

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Fairfax County authorities are alerting residents to several incidents of rabid animals around the county.  So if you’re out that way, please check to ensure that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations (required by law for all dogs and cats almost everywhere, including Fairfax County). Make sure you have documentation of the vaccination handy as well- dogs who bite humans are often put down on the assumption of rabies if the victim doesn’t want to get vaccinated himself, so be sure you can prove your animals are rabies-free.  

Finally, be aware of your own safety- aggression is a telltale sign of rabies. A wild animal will almost always prefer to avoid you rather than attack you, unless it’s rabid. So if that racoon is running toward you, run away and call Animal Control; it’s not trying to make friends.

Tiffany Baxendell Bridge is an Internet enthusiast and an incurable smartass. When not heckling the neighborhood political scene on Twitter, she can be found goofing off with her ukulele, Bollywood dancing, or obsessing about cult TV. She is That Woman With the Baby In the Bar.

Tiffany lives in Brookland with her husband Tom, son Charlie, and two high-maintenance cats. Read why Tiffany loves DC.

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