Rabies is a serious disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord of mammals such as humans, pets, wild animals and farm animals. Animals that have rabies spread it through their saliva, usually by biting or scratching. Once the symptoms of rabies start, it is almost always deadly.

You cannot always tell if an animal has rabies by looking at it. It is important to see a doctor if you are bitten or scratched by an animal.

Visit our rabies fact sheet for more information.

Low-cost rabies clinics for dogs and cats

Low-cost rabies clinics are held throughout our districts. Low cost rabies clinics have been cancelled.

Refer to Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians for additional rabies vaccine clinics outside of North Bay Parry Sound.

What to do if you get bitten or scratched

If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal:

  • Wash the area with soap and water
  • Contact your family doctor, visit the emergency department at your local hospital or go to a walk-in clinic
  • Report the bite or scratch to the Health Unit  
  • Questions about specific animal bite reports are available upon request

Our role

  • Follow up on all reports of animal bites and scratches to humans
  • Give rabies vaccine to doctors for their patients, if needed
  • Make sure that cats and dogs have their shots for rabies - it's the law
  • Teach the public about rabies

Your role

  • If you get bitten or scratched by an animal, report it to the Health Unit as soon as possible
  • Get your pet vaccinated against rabies - it's the law
  • If you walk your dog in public places, know the rules:

More information on rabies:

Resources for physicians and veterinarians


North Bay

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Parry Sound

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Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)