Timmins, Ontario - Monday, March 25, 2019
The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is asking pet owners to ensure their pet’s rabies vaccinations are up to date. As of July 1, 2018, rabies vaccination has become mandatory in the Province of Ontario under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA). These changes include the following:
Rabies vaccinations for your pets need to be updated every 1 to 3 years, depending on the vaccine product given. “Although those who do not vaccinate may be fined under this regulation, the PHU will work with animal owners to comply with this new regulation.” Contact your veterinarian for more information or to inquire if your pet’s vaccinations are up to date.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous systems (brain and spinal cord) of mammals. Humans and other animals can become infected from a bite, or in some cases a scratch, of a rabid animal.
To prevent rabies:
If you have been bitten by an animal:
The Porcupine Health Unit is working with local veterinarians to help assist with these new changes to the regulation. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact the Duty Inspector at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.
The Porcupine Health Unit is located in Northeastern Ontario, serving the entire Cochrane District and Hornepayne, in Algoma District. The main office is located in Timmins, Ontario, with branch offices in Cochrane, Hearst, Hornepayne, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Matheson, Moosonee and Smooth Rock Falls.