Animal Bites

Animal bites can be traumatic and put people at risk of rabies. Let’s be careful around animals to keep bites at bay.  

Advice for Parents/Caregivers
  • Never leave a child alone with an animal (including your own pet)
  • Teach children how to safely act around pets or other animals:
    • Ask a pet owner first if it’s OK to touch or approach an animal. Ensure the owner is in control of the animal and aware while the child is approaching the animal.s
    • Do not disturb animals that are sleeping, eating, caring for their young, or showing signs of illness
    • Get children to keep away from wild or stray animals, If a wild animal growls or is aggressive, back away slowly. Never turn around and run. Avoid direct eye contact. Wild animals (like foxes and raccoons) that are friendly may be sick, so stay away!
Advice for Small Children
Advice for Pet Owners
  • Be responsible, especially if children are near your pet
  • Keep pets on leashes and under control when out in public spaces/trails
  • Vaccinate your pet against rabies. It’s the law!

What to Do if Bitten by an Animal

  • Get the pet owner’s contact information. If possible, take a picture of the animal or remember specific features (like markings, collar with tags). This helps with the follow-up investigation to ensure the correct animal is identified.
  • Wash the bite area with soap and water
  • Get medical care right away. Rabies is fatal if left untreated
  • Report the bite or scratch to the Health Unit so that further investigation can be done.

For more information, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006, or email info@hkpr.on.ca.

Additional Resources

Status of Local Beaches

Beach Water Test Results by Community

NOTE: The Health Unit’s beach water testing program is complete for 2020. Testing will resume again in Summer 2021.

The Health Unit uses a three-colour system to show test results for local beaches:

  • Green – Open (safe for swimming) – Low Risk
  • Yellow – Advisory Posting – Medium Risk – (Based on latest test results, there are high counts of bacteria in the water. Swimming is not recommended, as it may increase your risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose or throat infections or stomach illness. If you choose to swim during this advisory, avoid dunking your head or swallowing the water).
  • Red – Closed (do not swim; not open for public use) – High Risk

Please note: Test results reflect the water quality only at the time of sampling. The water samples can take between two to three days to process and results are therefore not displayed in real time. Changes in water quality can occur very rapidly and frequently. The sampling results provided are for information purposes only.

Northumberland County 

Bewdley Optimist Park – Hamilton



Crowe Bridge Park – Trent Hills



Harwood Waterfront & Dock – Hamilton



Hastings Waterfront North – Trent Hills



Hastings Waterfront South – Trent Hills



Little Lake – Cramahe



Caldwell Street Beach – Port Hope



East Beach – Port Hope



West Beach – Port Hope



Sandy Bay Beach – Alnwick Haldimand



*Victoria Park – Cobourg

**blue flag beach



Wicklow Beach – Alnwick Haldimand



City of Kawartha Lakes

Beach Park – Bobcaygeon



Birch Point – Fenelon Falls



Blanchards Road Beach – Bexley



Bond Street – Fenelon Falls



Burnt River Beach – Somerville



Centennial Beach – Verulam



Centennial Park West – Eldon



Burnt River Four Mile Lake – Somerville



Head Lake – Laxton



Norland Bathing Area – Laxton



Omemee Beach – Emily/ Omemee



Riverview Beach Park – Bobycaygeon



Sturgeon Point Beach – Fenelon Falls



Valentia Beach (Sandbar Beach) – Valentia



Verulam Recreational Park – Verulam



Haliburton County

Bissett Beach – Minden



Dorsett Parkette – Algonquin Highlands



Eagle Lake – Dysart et al



Elvin Johnson Park – Algonquin Highlands



Forsters Beach – Minden



Glamor Lake Park – Highland East



Gooderham Lake – Highland East



Haliburton Lake South – Dysart et al



Rotary Head Lake Beach – Dysart et al



Wilbermere Lake – Highland East



Horseshoe Lake – Minden



Rotary Park Lagoon – Minden



Rotary Park Main – Minden



Paudash Lake – Highland East

West Gilford Pine Lake – Dysart et al



Sand Point – Dysart et al



Sandy Cove – Dysart et al



Kashagauigamog Lake (Silver Lake) – Dysart et al



Twelve Mile Beach – Minden



Beach Water Test Results

Before heading to the beach, ensure it’s safe for swimming.

Each summer from June to August, the Health Unit does regular testing of beaches in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes to ensure they are safe for swimming. Test results are then shared on this website and via the Health Unit’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

PLEASE NOTE: Beach water testing program is now completed for 2020

The Health Unit uses a three-colour system to show test results for local beaches:

  • Green – Open (safe for swimming) – Low Risk
  • Yellow – Advisory Posting – Medium Risk – (Based on latest test results, there are high counts of bacteria in the water. Swimming is not recommended, as it may increase your risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose or throat infections or stomach illness. If you choose to swim during this advisory, avoid dunking your head or swallowing the water).
  • Red – Closed (do not swim; not open for public use) – High Risk

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