Each year the Health Unit responds to hundreds of animal bites. Along with the pain and possible emotional and physical scarring caused by a bite is the risk of exposure to rabies.
What Can I Do to Reduce My Chances of Being Bitten?
Many biting and scratching incidents are preventable. Follow these tips to protect yourself:
- Ask animal owners if it is okay to approach or pet their dog when they are on a leash
- Stay away from wild, stray or unknown animals
- Never leave small children unattended in the presence of an animal
- Don’t disturb an animal that is eating, sleeping or caring for its young or is exhibiting signs of illness
- Avoid running past a dog as they like to chase things
- Never reach through a fence or enter a home unannounced as dogs may be protective of their territory and may feel you are a threat
What Can I Do If I Am Threatened By a Dog?
If threatened by a dog, avoid eye contact, speak firmly, stay still until the dog leaves, or back away, don’t turn and run.
- If you are knocked down, curl up in a ball and cover your head and neck.
- If you are bitten, clean the wound, try to determine who the owner of the animal is.
- Seek medical attention and report the bite to the Health Unit.
What Can I Do As a Pet Owner?
Be a responsible pet owner:
- Vaccinate your pet against rabies, it is the law
- Keep them under your control when out in public spaces
- Fence your yard
- Speak to your vet
- For further information on dog bites, please visit these websites at: