Wash the wound with soap and water, get medical attention right away, especially if the animal is wild or stray, and report the incident to the Brant County Health Unit. Healthcare professionals will determine your treatment which may include rabies vaccination.
In most cases where the animal involved is known and not stray or wild, the Health Unit will not recommend vaccination. The Health Unit will request the animal owner to keep the animal confined to the house or at the SPCA for 10 days to ensure the animal does not have the rabies virus.
If rabies vaccination treatment is recommended, the Brant County Health Unit will advise you to consult with your healthcare provider. The Brant County Health Unit does not administer the vaccine, but will ensure your healthcare provider has it for you. Vaccination treatment will involve four visits to your healthcare provider.
If you have been vaccinated against rabies in the past, you should still contact your healthcare provider.
By law, all dogs and cats three months of age and over must have an up-to-date rabies vaccination status. Failure to do so can result in legal action including ticketing or appearing in court. Consult your veterinarian about your pets' vaccine schedule.
Wildlife Vaccine Baiting Program
Each year, the Government of Ontario controls rabies in wildlife by dropping baits that contain the vaccine in urban, forested, and rural agricultural areas, including Brant County and Brantford.
If your livestock or pet eats one bait packet they may get an upset stomach but there's no need to worry. If they eat more than one bait pack, call your veterinarian.
To learn more about this program visit
Ontario.ca - Rabies in Wildlife