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Our top Minnesota attorneys have represented many people who have been bitten or injured by a dog or cat.  A dog bite injury can often produce bad scars or nerve damage.  However another initial thing to be concerned about with a dog bite or cat bite is rabies.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals that affects the central nervous system causing encephalopathy leading to death. The virus is most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. There are two forms of rabies: Dumb rabies, in which an animal acts sick, does not eat and is lethargic and Furious rabies, in which an animal shows aggressive and vicious behavior.

Over the past 100 years, there has been a substantial decrease in the number of human rabies cases due to the availability of a vaccine and vigilant surveillance by public health officials. However, getting rabies is still a risk after a dog bite, and must be taken seriously.  Our best dog bite lawyers have represented many people in MN who had to get rabies shots because it could not be determined for sure whether the dog that bit them had rabies or not.

Clinical signs of rabies vary depending on the species of animal affected and the strain of the virus. Most animals show behavioral changes or neurological signs. Cats often become aggressive. Dogs may show a variety of signs ranging from aggression to difficulty swallowing and paralysis. If a pet animal bites someone and you aren’t sure it has had its shots, it must be confined and observed for 10 days. A domestic animal cannot transmit the rabies virus to humans or other animals until the virus is present in the saliva, which occurs at the end of the incubation period. Once the disease has progressed to this stage in domestic animals, the animal will show clinical signs of rabies infection within the 10 day observation period. However, even with this precaution, doctors will recommend rabies shots to people bitten by a dog or cat in some circumstances. Our dog bite attorneys have had many clients who were required to get rabies shots after being bitten by a dog in Minnesota.

Humans exposed to potentially rabid, test-positive, or clinically diagnosed rabid animals should contact their physician and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for advice as soon as possible after exposure.

A pet dog, cat, or ferret that bites a human must be confined and observed for 10 days or euthanized and tested for rabies. A dog, cat, or ferret that is currently vaccinated for rabies may be confined in the home or as directed by local authorities. A dog, cat, or ferret that is not currently vaccinated for rabies may be required by local authorities to be confined at a veterinary clinic or other secure location at the owner’s expense. If the animal dies or shows signs suggestive of rabies during the ten days, it must be submitted for rabies testing. Stray dogs, cats, or ferrets that bite a human are particularly risky and may be confined and observed for ten days or euthanized and submitted for testing after a five-day holding period. Euthanasia and rabies testing may be performed prior to the end of the five-day holding period if requested by the MN Department of Health. Our top rated dog bite and cat bite lawyers have represented many people you have had to have rabies vaccine shots after being bitten – it is not a pleasant experience and can be surprisingly expensive.

Contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414 for questions or concerns regarding human exposure to a dog or cat with rabies.

If you, your child, or another family member have been bitten by a dog or cat, please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are MN dog bite attorneys with more than 25 years’ experience making sure that our clients are fully compensated after a dog bite or dog attack.  In most cases the dog owner has homeowners insurance that will pay for medical bills and other compensation to the person bitten by a dog.  The dog bite does not have to occur on the owner’s property to get homeowners insurance compensation. Our top lawyers also handle many cases where a dog injures a person by knocking them down or causing them to trip or fall. We have offices in Minneapolis, Edina, St. Louis Park and Woodbury where you can meet an attorney to discuss your dog bite case.  Our lawyers also will come to your home to discuss your dog bite or injury case in St Paul, Chaska, Forest Lake, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Rogers, Albert Lea, Rochester, and other cities throughout Minnesota.