Animal Bites

The State of Montana requires that all animal bites be reported, and the Gallatin City-County Health Department receives these reports and coordinates follow-up with the victim and Animal Control to ensure that no further threat exists.


Dog Bites

There is no shortage of “Man’s Best Friend” in Gallatin County, and dog bites are the most frequently reported of all animal bites in the area. The CDC reports that more than 4.7 million people nationwide are bitten by dogs each year, and out of that, approximately 800,000 require medical attention.

In Montana, dog bites are considered to be the responsibility of the dog owner, and victims should make sure to report a bite to their healthcare specialists immediately to make sure that no further medical attention or medication is needed. After that, the Gallatin City-County Health Department will follow up with the victim.

Questions? Call us at 406-582-3100.

Animal Bite Reporting Form

All About Rabies

Rabies Exposure Assessment Guide


Bats & Rabies


Although rabies among humans is extremely rare, with only approximately two cases per year in the U.S., bats are the most common source of rabies in humans. Rabies can be a fatal disease, but when people get the rabies vaccination after being bitten by an animal that may have the disease, they are often able to protect themselves.

Most people do not know when they have been bitten by a bat, as the teeth marks are barely visible. Others have woken up when a bat has landed on them and may be unsure if they were bitten. Either way, if bitten, if in doubt, or if you come in contact with a bat’s brain material or saliva:

• Wash the affected area with soap and water,

• Seek medical attention immediately,

• And, if possible, bring the bat into a laboratory for testing.

You cannot contract rabies from watching a bat from afar, or through a bat’s fur, urine, feces, or blood.

If your pet was bitten by a bat, contact your veterinarian immediately, and always make sure to keep animal vaccinations up to date.

For more information about bats & rabies, check out this blog post.

Questions? Call us at 406-582-3100.



Information about bats and rabies from the CDC, along with how to capture a bat for lab testing:

Animal Bite Reporting Form

All About Rabies