What do I do if I am bitten by a dog or cat?

If you have been bitten by a dog or cat, you should:

  • Wash and rinse the bite well
  • Consult a doctor to determine your next course of medical action
  • Remember what the animal looked like and describe the animal that bit you (breed, size, color, etc.) to your doctor or Animal Services staff
  • Report the bite to Animal Services or your local authority
  • Advise children to get help from an adult, teacher, police officer, or Animal Services Officer if they are ever bitten by an animal

If you have been bitten, please contact Animal Services at 817-952-2191. A report must be made for every bite that occurs. Verification of current rabies vaccinations must be provided for the biting animal.

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1. How do I adopt a dog or cat from the City’s Animal Shelter?
2. How do I get my pet back if it is picked up by Animal Services?
3. How do I report a pet I have found?
4. How do I report a pet I have lost?
5. How do I report an after-hours animal-related emergency?
6. What vaccinations does my pet need?
7. What do I do if I am bitten by a dog or cat?
8. Does my pet need to be registered with the City?