5/17/2018 6:50:30 AM

    The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is reminding the public that animal bites are preventable. Each year the Health Unit responds to hundreds of animal bites and scratches and with the warmer weather finally here, families are heading outdoors which increases the risk of being bitten or scratched by domestic or wild animals. During the spring many animals have babies, and although cute you shouldn't deliberately get close to them or pick them up. All animals will protect their young; bites often result when someone gets too close. If you are bitten or scratched be sure to get the animal owners name, address and phone number and report the incident to the Health Unit. Pet owners should speak to a veterinarian about aggressive behavior and have all pets vaccinated against rabies. For a full list on ways to prevent bites visit our website.    
Call: 1-800-660-5853 as soon as possible (call 613-345-5685 after hours and on weekends) You can prevent animal bites and scratches by following these simple tips:
Ask the animal's owner if it is okay to approach or touch a dog when it is 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
Be aware of your surroundings when running or biking as dogs 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

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