Rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system. The rabies virus makes you very sick. Without treatment, it can be fatal.
Rabies spreads through saliva when an infected animal, such as a dog or fox, bites or scratches you, or licks a wound, like a cut.
Recommended Ways to Reduce the Risk of Animal Bite Injuries
- Stay away from stray or unfamiliar dogs
- Avoid teasing dogs or other animals
- Never allow children to play with unfamiliar dogs or wild animals
- Do not disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies
- Stay still when a unfamiliar dog or animal approaches
- Never run away from an animal
If you or someone you know has been bitten, it is recommended that you:
- Call and visit the Health Centre immediately.
- Wash the bite with soap and water for 15 minutes
- Report the animal to the local wildlife or by-law officer
To prevent your pet from getting rabies, consider:
- Getting your pet vaccinated. Free vaccines are available in most communities. Contact the Hamlet office to find out about vaccines in your community.
- Supervising your pets when they are outside
- Keeping your pet away from wild animals
If your pet gets bitten, call the local wildlife or by-law officer for instructions.
Browse our Resources for more information on rabies and animal bites.