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PET HEALTH CORNER: Rabies Vaccine – Get Educated

Spring time is coming up quickly (we hope), and that means it’s time to check your pet’s health records and get ready for spring vaccinations. Did you know that Ontario law requires all cats and dogs over the age of three months to be vaccinated against rabies?


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    All warm-blooded animals, including humans, can be infected

  • This is a reportable disease – if an animal is suspected of being rabid or an animal(s) has been exposed to rabies, it is the law to report it
  • Incubation period varies from 2 weeks to several months.
  • If a person is bitten by an animal, wash the wound or exposed surface with soap and water, remove clothing that may be contaminated, contact your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Rabies is fatal once clinical signs appear

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

For more information please contact your local Ontario SPCA Animal Centre, or speak with your veterinarian.

Happy Spring, and go get your pets vaccinated!

Mar 04, 2016
by Emily Cook