. . . make sure he/she hasn’t bitten anyone in the last 10 days. If your dog or cat has bitten someone, he/she cannot be euthanized for 10 days, by law. This is to make sure that the rabies virus is not present. If your pet has rabies, neurological symptoms will show up within 10 days. Rabies is fatal and transmitted through bites and scratches, so that’s why it’s so important to make sure it wasn’t transmitted to a human. If your pet has bitten somebody and you need to wait 10 days, keep everybody safe! This may mean keeping the pet in a separate room or having a leash on him in the home, for example.
Author: Dr. Kari Trotsky
Kari graduated from the University of Illinois in 1998 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After years of practice and experience, she realized that her passion is helping pets have the most peaceful passing as possible when they are ready to leave us, and assisting families through this difficult time. After all those years of receiving unconditional love from their pet, people can know that they did right by their pet up to the very end and can feel comforted by knowing their pet's transition was pain-free. Kari also provides hospice care. Pets are considered in hospice when they have a terminal condition, and/or the pet won't be receiving any invasive tests or treatments and the goal is to make them as comfortable as possible until euthanasia is needed.