Two cats in Hamilton have now tested positive for rabies, something that hasn’t happened for over 20 years. It is extremely important that you get your pets vaccinated against rabies, and to keep their rabies vaccinations up-to-date. Southern Ontario is experiencing a rabies outbreak, with 288 confirmed cases in 2016. Most of the cases were in and around Hamilton and Caledonia.
Give me or one of my staff a call if you have any questions or concerns.
In addition to having your dog or cat vaccinated, the City of Hamilton offers the following tips to help protect your family and pets from rabies:
- Avoid contact with live or dead animals including raccoons, skunks, bats, as well as unknown dogs and cats. Do not feed, help, or relocate any wildlife or keep them as pets.
- Report animal bites and scratches to public health by calling 905-546-CITY (2489). Wash wounds with soap and water, and seek medical attention.
- Report sick, injured, or strange behaving wildlife to City of Hamilton Animal Services by calling 905-546-2489.