Rabies and Animal Bites

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.