Veterinarians: To report an
animal that you suspect to be rabid, click
Many infectious diseases in animals
are legally reportable in Los Angeles County.
This includes many diseases
diagnosed in dogs and cats. Los Angeles (LA) County is
unique in having this legal requirement.
Ordinances mandating reporting were passed in LA County
See the list of reportable diseases
To learn how to report diseases, scroll
down on this page.
Why Report Animal Diseases? Animal disease
reports are essential for tracking diseases in our
county. Many animal diseases can also infect
people. Veterinary Public Health uses these
reports to better understand where and when diseases are
occurring locally. This information is used to
educate veterinarians and physicians to better protect
the health of animals and people.
to people, and wild mammal contacts to domestic
animals are also reportable. Rodent and rabbit bites
are not reportable. To read more about bite
Should Report? Anyone
may report an animal disease. Veterinarians, animal
shelter workers, and veterinary technicians have the
most knowledge about local animal diseases and they
report most often. However, any member of the public may
What to Report?
How to Report?
Choose one of three ways:
1. Rabid Animals - animals suspected of having
2. Animal bites to people - all animals except except
rodents, squirrels, and rabbits
3. Bat contact - any direct contact between a bat and a
person or pet/livestock.
4. Wild mammal bites - any potential bite from a wild
mammal to a person or pet/livestock
5. Dead birds and tree squirrels (for West Nile Virus testing)
6. Outbreak - Many animals becoming ill around the same
time and place
7. Animals/Humans sick with same symptoms, same location
8. Animal diseases not native to area
or unusual animal diseases
9. Any disease in this list:
List of Reportable Animal Diseases, 2010
Call our office at
(213) 989-7060 or
(877) 747-2243 (in LA County)
Download form (pdf), print
out, complete, fax in.
Follow the link below.
Animal Disease and Bite
Online reporting general use reporting portals
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Online Public Reporting
Portal for Professionals