Rabies is a life-threatening virus that is transmitted by saliva of an infected animal. This virus can be given to people through a deep scratch or a bite. Once the saliva is in the wound it spreads to the surrounding muscle and attacks the brain.
If you see a raccoon or skunk on your property that is acting strange – please do not approach it. MCFN is working on a process for animal control services. You may call (905) 768-0100 or (905) 768-0141 for more information.
If you are in a life-threatening situation related to an animal, you may call 911 to request police assistance.
Testing for Rabies:
If you kill a raccoon or skunk that is acting strangely, please do not shoot it in the head. The head is required for testing. Fresh carcasses can be sent for testing.
Information required for testing: please note the behaviour of the animal; date/time of incident and the location.
Disposal of carcasses:
- If you have killed an animal that is suspicious for rabies, the proper way of disposal to prevent transmission of rabies is to bury it deep or incinerate
Microchips and your Pets
If your pet was microchipped during the rabies clinics held at MCFN, here is some important information:
The pets are now eligible for 24PetWatch services: Microchipping offers pet owners the only true permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you.
When your pet is found, 24PetWatch will notify the finder of any medical conditions to ensure that the pet receives the best care until they can be reunited with the owner.
- If you move, please contact 24PetWatch with your new address, so the company can get your pet back to you as soon as
- If you give the pet away or it’s no longer with you, please update
24PetWatch contact information: 1-866-597-2424
MCFN Community Health Program: Rabies Update – April 2016.
The following are symptoms of rabies to watch for:
- Inability to swallow
- Excessive salivation; frothy saliva
- Pica (eating non-food things)
- Constant irritability/changes in attitude/behaviour
- Muscular lack of coordination
- Unusual shyness or aggression
- Hydrophobia (fear of water)
- Excessive excitability
- Change in tone of bark
- Jaw is dropped; paralysis in the jaw and larynx.
Rabies is transmitted through the exchange of blood or saliva from an infected animal and very rarely through breathing in the escaping gases from decomposing animal carcasses. Contracting the virus this way is rare, but can occur. If you own livestock and are concerned about rabies, cows may be vaccinated against rabies. Bison may also be vaccinated off-label using rabies vaccine for cattle; this would be an out-of-pocket expense.
“By-Law No. 1998-01: A By-Law Respecting the Care and Control of Animals on Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.” This bylaw is about immunizations against rabies and quarantine time. The by-law can be found at Lands, Research and Membership.