Pro­tect your pets against ra­bies

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The Eastern On­tario Health Unit (EOHU), in co­op­er­a­tion with lo­cal vet­eri­nar­i­ans, will be hold­ing ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion clin­ics through­out the Eastern Coun­ties Septem­ber 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. While the ra­bies vac­cine will be pro­vided for cats and dogs at a cost of $25 per pet, no ex­am­i­na­tion will take place. De­tails can be found at www.EOHU.ca

While there have been no cases of ra­bies in the area served by the EOHU lately, it’s im­por­tant to make sure your pets are vac­ci­nated as south­ern On­tario is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an out­break of rac­coon ra­bies. The ra­bies vac­cine is an ef­fec­tive way to keep your fam­ily and pets safe.

Ra­bies is a deadly dis­ease that can in­fect wild an­i­mals such as bats, rac­coons and skunks. How­ever, pets can also be­come in­fected and then pass it on to peo­ple. Ra­bies is spread through ra­bid an­i­mal bites, or through con­tact with a ra­bid an­i­mal’s saliva. Once symp­toms ap­pear, ra­bies is al­most al­ways fa­tal. To pro­tect the com­mu­nity against ra­bies, it’s re­quired by law that all cats and dogs three months of age or older be vac­ci­nated against the dis­ease. Even if your cat or dog is an in­door pet, they still need to re­ceive the ra­bies vac­cine be­cause bats car­ry­ing ra­bies can en­ter res­i­dences.

Keep your pets’ ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion up to date.

Try to keep bats out of your home. Do not touch or pick up bats with your bare hands. Teach your chil­dren to keep a safe dis­tance from wild or do­mes­tic an­i­mals they don’t know.

Su­per­vise your pets when they’re out­doors.

Have your pets spayed or neutered.

Call an­i­mal con­trol ser­vices to re­move any stray an­i­mals from your neigh­bour­hood.

Re­port all an­i­mal bites to the Eastern On­tario Health Unit.

Re­port any strange act­ing wildlife to On­tario’s Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry at 1 888 574-6656.

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