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​​Rabies​​​

Public health inspectors investigate all cases where an animal has been in contact with a person.

If any animal, such as a raccoon, fox, dog, cat or bat, bites or scratches you, wash the wound with soap and water, get medical attention right away, and contact the Brant County Health Unit 519-753- 4937 ext. 470. We will investigate the exposure and advise you on your next steps.

Try to collect as much information as possible about the animal you were in contact with (e.g., location, owner information, phone number, address and type of animal).

If the animal has died, and you were in contact with it, we still want to hear from you. Please contact the Brant County Health Unit 519-753- 4937 ext. 470. We will arrange the removal and testing of the animal.

The Brant County Health Unit is not responsible for removing dead animals with no known human contact from a private or public property.

Should you find a bat at home:

    • If no one was in direct contact with this bat, release the bat outdoors.
    • If anyone was in direct contact with this bat and you have captured it, save the bat and call the Brant County Health Unit.

If you think your pet or livestock has been in contact with a rabid animal or dead animal, contact your veterinarian.

If you suspect an animal is rabid, and it has not been in direct contact with any person, please report the animal to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Rabies Hotline: 1-888-574-6656.

In the case of stray dogs or cats acting strangely, call to have the animal captured:

  • In the City of Brantford, call the SPCA:  519-756-6620;
  • In the County of Brant, call Hillside Kennels: 
    • Toll Free 1-888-469-3247
    • Local 519-469-3247
    • Cell Phone 519-536-0010

The risk of bumping into a rabid animal in Brantford or Brant County is low. Infection to humans and other animals comes from a bite or scratch from a rabid animal, or if rabid animal's saliva or the virus is in contact with an open cut or the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes.

To learn more about the rabies virus, including signs and symptoms in humans and animals, visit Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Rabies in Ontario

While the risk to the public remains low, the following steps must be taken to reduce the spread of this virus:

  • Keep your pets and livestock rabies vaccinations up to date. It's the law.
  • Stay away from and do not touch unfamiliar animals.
  • Keep pets away from wildlife.
  • Supervise children when they are around animals.
  • Do not let pets roam free.
  • Feed pets indoors. Feeding pets outdoors can attract other unwanted animals.
  • Report all incidents where rabies may have been transmitted as well as potentially rabid animals as outlined above.

Humans

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 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 the public health investigation results recommend vaccination, 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 will be done over 4 visits.

If you have been vaccinated in the past, you should still contact your healthcare provider.

Pets

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 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 I bait pack, call your veterinarian.

To learn more about this program visit Ontario.ca - Rabies in Wildlife


Environmental Health
519-753-4937 ext. 470

Brant County Hillside Kennels 

Toll Free 1-888-469-3247

Local 519-469-3247

Cell Phone 519-536-0010

City of Brantford SPCA

519-756-6620

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Rabies Hotline

1-888-574-6656

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food 

1-877-424-1300