Rabies is a fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). You can get rabies from a bite or scratch by an animal with rabies.

In order to prevent human cases of rabies, Huron Perth Public Health investigates human-animal exposures (bites or scratches).

Report an incident

You must report all animal bites or scratches to Huron Perth Public Health right away for follow up. In the past few years, several types of animals have tested positive for rabies in Huron and Perth counties, including bats, skunks and cows.

What if I've been bitten or scratched?

If you've been bitten or scratched by an animal, you should:

  • Wash the wound with soap and water
  • Contact your family doctor immediately
  • Contact us to report the incident as soon as possible

Protect yourself from rabies

If you see an animal that you think may have rabies, contact your local animal control office. You can avoid the risk of rabies and animal bites or scratches by following these tips:

  • Be aware of the presence of unfamiliar or wild animals in your neighbourhood
  • Review the warning signs of rabies in wild animals and pets
  • Have your pets vaccinated for rabies; it is the law in Ontario that all cats, dogs and ferrets over 3 months of age are vaccinated for rabies. 
    • Low-cost rabies vaccination clinics are held in Huron Perth several times a year. Please visit the Stratford Perth Humane Society webpage for more information. Blyth Veterinary Services also hosts low-cost rabies vaccination clinics in partnership with HPPH. Follow HPPH on Facebook or Twitter for clinic announcements. 
  • Walk your pets on a leash and keep them inside at night
  • Don't feed or touch wild, stray or unknown animals
  • Don't leave food out
  • Avoid animals that appear sick or are acting strange
  • Don't trap wild animals
  • Don't keep wild animals as pets
  • Bat-proof your home and cottage