Wash the wound with soap and water, get medical attention right away, and report the bite to the Brant County Health Unit. Healthcare professionals will determine your treatment.
In most cases where the animal involved is available, vaccination treatment will be delayed while waiting for the results of a public health investigation (e.g. 10-day confinement of dog or cat, or rabies testing of wildlife).
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 4 visits to your healthcare provider.
If you have been vaccinated 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, 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 1 bait packet they may get an upset stomach but there's no need to worry. If they eat more than 1 bait pack, call your veterinarian.
To learn more about this program visit Ontario.ca - Rabies in Wildlife