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When Pets are Exposed to a Suspected Rabid Animal

Depending on the species of the suspected rabid animal, whether your pet has been bitten or scratched and the vaccination status of the pet, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recommends the following actions:

  • If the pet's vaccinations are not up-to-date, contact CFIA immediately for a case-by-case risk assessment and advice

  • If the pet's vaccination status is current, a vaccine booster shot must be given to the pet within five days of exposure, followed by 45 days of close observation for any abnormal behaviour. It is advised that the pet owner contact CFIA for a risk assessment.

The best way to owners can protect their pets from rabies is to ensure they are vaccinated regularly. Pet owners can visit their vets to have their pets vaccinated or visit one of the vets participating in the Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics organized by the HKPR District Health Unit and the local vet's association.

Clinics are typically held each fall and the cost is $25 per animal. Pet owners are reminded that cats must be in a carrier and dogs on a leash when visiting clinics. There will be no physical examination for pets visiting the Rabies Vaccination clinics.

See a full list of 2016 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics