Protecting Your Family and Pets Against Rabies

Why should I vaccinate my dog or cat against rabies?

  • Rabies is a deadly disease in both humans and animals.
  • In Ontario, the law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs which are three months of age or older. There is a fine for not vaccinating your pet.

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How do I get my dog or cat vaccinated?

  • Your local veterinary clinic can vaccinate your pet during a regular visit.
  • Vaccinations are effective for either one or three years, depending on the vaccine used by your veterinarian.
  • Help is available if you are in financial need. Call 311 for details.

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How do I protect my family and pets against rabies?

  • Ensure dogs and cats are kept up-to-date with their rabies vaccinations.
  • Report all animal bites, scratches, and possible exposures to the Health Department as soon as possible.
  • Don't allow your pets to roam free and keep them indoors at night to prevent contact with wild animals.
  • Teach children to avoid unfamiliar cats and dogs.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance.
  • Take measures to discourage wildlife from taking up residence in your home or on your property.
  • Do not attempt to relocate any wild animals.
  • Avoid animals that are behaving strangely and report strays to Animal Control Services.

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What is the risk of rabies from squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits?

  • Small rodents (such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and mice) and lagomorphs (such as rabbits) are rarely found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to cause human rabies in Canada.
  • It is still advisable to notify the Health Department following an incident involving these animals.

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Rabies Vaccine Clinic Listings- Ontario, Canada