If your own dog bit, scratched or wounded someone,:
If a stray or someone else's pet bit you and you don't know who owns the dog:
If the animal and the owner can be located, DHEC will investigate the incident to determine if the animal will need to be quarantined – kept away from the public and other animals, usually in a veterinary kennel – for 10 days to 6 months.
Some pets, especially those never vaccinated for rabies, and strays or wild animals, will need to be tested for rabies. Unfortunately, the only way to do this is to euthanize the animal so that its brain can be examined for signs of the disease.
To make sure you never face this tragic situation with your pet, make sure to keep your dog, cat or ferret rabies vaccinations up to date. You may be able to have this done at one of DHEC's yearly rabies vaccination clinics.
If the animal that bit you was a dog, learn how to prevent bites/wounds in the future.
If you are forced to kill an attacking animal to save a person or another pet, try to keep from damaging the animal's head. In order for a lab to test the animal for rabies, the head must be in good condition.