- Vaccinate: Visit your veterinarian regularly and make sure your cat, ferret or dog is up-to-date on its immunization schedule. New York state public health law requires that puppies and kittens receive their initial rabies vaccination at three months and a booster every three years. Ferrets need a shot every year.
- Supervise: Keep your dog under a close watch when you’re playing outside, and keep your cats and ferrets inside.
- Spay and neuter: Fewer unwanted animals means less exposure to rabies and other threats to pet and human health.
- Control: Call your town or village for assistance in removing stray animals from your neighborhood.
- Wash your hands: After handling animals or their cages, food or beds, make sure you wash your hands. Be cautious about letting young children have direct contact with farm animals or animals in petting zoos.
- Do not disturb: Don’t let your kids approach a strange or unfamiliar animal, even if it seems friendly. If your dog is sleeping, eating, chewing on its bone or caring for its puppies, leave her alone.
- Do not feed wild animals, even at a park.
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