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Rabies Clinics


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Rabies Control

This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:56 PM

Rabies is a virus that is carried in an animal's saliva. Humans and other animals can become infected through a bite or scratch from an animal with rabies, or if the rabies virus comes in contact with an open cut or the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes. Rabies is fatal if untreated.

Most of Canada's rabies is carried by wildlife. This makes control difficult and eradication almost impossible. Foxes, skunks, bats and raccoons are the main carriers and pose a continuing threat because they often live close to people. If they infect your farm animals or pets, they may endanger you.

Tips for Preventing Rabies

  • Ensure dogs and cats are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
  • Keep your pets under control. Don't let them run free or unsupervised.
  • Don't approach or attempt to pet or capture wild animals.
  • Stay away from animals that look sick, and don't touch dead animals.
  • Report all wildlife (e.g. raccoons, skunks, foxes etc.) exhibiting abnormal behaviour to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry rabies hotline at 1-888-574-6656.
  • Report all animal bites or other potential rabies exposures to humans to Lambton Public Health by calling 519-383-8331 or 1-800-667-1839.
  • Report all domestic pets exposed to potentially rabid animals to your local vet and/or to Ontario Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs at 1-877-424-1300.

If you've been bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound with soap and hot water and contact your family doctor.

Report all biting incidents to Lambton Public Health.

For more information about Rabies Control, please contact the Rabies Control Team Leader at 519-383-8331 ext. 3578 or 1-800-667-1839 or by e-mail.

The Ministry of Health has 2 toll-free lines for direct and immediate access to information on rabies:

  • general public 1-800-268-1154
  • hearing impaired 1-800-387-5559

General information on rabies is also available by calling the Rabies Hotline at 1-888-574-6656.