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Rabies Control

York Region investigates all animal bites and non-bite incidents such as scratches and contact with open cuts. The Region enforces mandatory rabies vaccination of dogs and cats and educates the public on animal bite prevention.

Low-cost rabies clinics for dogs and cats are promoted throughout York Region. Dates and locations of upcoming rabies clinics can be found on the York Region Events Calendar and in the Events Calendar section at the side or bottom of this page.

Rabies is a virus that affects warm blooded animals and is spread by contact with saliva from an infected animal. Any warm-blooded mammal can be infected. Most of the reported cases involve wild animals like foxes, bats, raccoons, and skunks. However, domestic animals like dogs and cats are also at risk. It can be fatal if not treated.

York Region residents and their pets should avoid touching, moving or attempting to relocate any wild or strange animals, especially those that may be behaving oddly - even if they do not seem dangerous. If you come upon a wild animal, contact your local animal control office and go inside or maintain a safe distance until wildlife officials arrive.

If you have been bitten, scratched or licked by an animal wash the wound with soap and water, contact your doctor immediately. Make sure you report it to York Region Community and Health Services.




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