To help protect people and pets from rabies, Ontario law (Regulation 567, Rabies Immunization) requires animal owners to vaccinate specific animals against rabies. The Toronto Animal Services’ Chip Truck is a mobile license and microchip clinic that also occasionally offers low cost rabies vaccination.
The following pets (over the age of three months) are required to be vaccinated against rabies:
As of July 1st, 2018, the following additional animals that come into contact with the public are required to be vaccinated against rabies:
Animal owners are also required, by law, to keep a copy of their animals’ vaccine certificate, issued by a veterinarian, at all times.
To protect people from rabies:
To protect people and pets from rabies:
For more information on wildlife in Toronto, visit Toronto Animal Services – Wildlife in the City
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is recommended for people at high risk of close contact with rabid animals or the rabies virus, including:
Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis consists of a series of vaccinations that can help protect people before they may be exposed to rabies from the bite or scratch from an animal.
Toronto Public Health does not provide rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis. If you are a person at high risk of close contact with rabid animals or the rabies virus, please speak to your healthcare provider or a travel medical clinic about obtaining rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis.
If you have been administered rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis, please keep a copy of your immunization record if needed to refer to in the future.