Rabies Clinic

Please check back for updates on the next Rabies Clinic to be scheduled.

As a reminder, the Dog License registration period is from June-August, applications and additional information may be found at - https://www.bedfordma.gov/280/Dog-Licenses

Rabies is a disease affecting all mammals, including humans, caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system, specifically the brain. The disease is spread through the saliva of an infected animal by a bite, scratch or if the saliva gets into a person or animal’s eyes, nose or mouth. This disease can be fatal to both humans and animals. It is important that domesticated animals be vaccinated against rabies. If you or your pet have been in contact with any wildlife or unfamiliar animals, particularly if you’ve been bitten or scratched, you should talk with a healthcare or public health professional to determine your risk for rabies.

Massachusetts law requires dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated for rabies. The law requires the vaccinations be administered by the time the animal is six months old and updated as they expire for the life of the pet. Vaccines are administered routinely one or three years depending on past vaccination schedule. Reported rabies cases with the highest number of human exposures involve rabid domestic animals which is why it is crucial to keep up with a pet’s rabies vaccination schedule to keep both animals and humans healthy.

This program helps to ensure animals as well as the general public are protected against the rabies virus. Please contact the Bedford Health Department at 781-275-6507 with any questions.