8/9/2017 4:04:32 PM

Sometimes, a dog's bite can be worse than it's bark.
Every year, hundreds of people across Grey Bruce are bitten by dogs, which while not overly common can potentially expose you to rabies.
Every dog bite reported to Public Health has to be investigated for the potential of rabies. If the suspect dog can't be identified, the person who was bitten may require anti-rabies vaccine.
On average, over 500 people in Grey Bruce are bitten in some form and about 40 receive the vaccine each year.
The Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Grey Bruce Veterinary Association are launching an awareness campaign to help people understand most dog bites are preventable and reducing the number of dog bites is everyone's responsibility.
Bob Hart, Public Health Manager at the Grey Bruce Health Unit tells myFM that a number of factors could contribute to you getting bitten, and the Health Unit wants to help raise awareness so that fewer people are hurt.

They say to stay safe: Never approach a stray dog or a dog you don't know, always ask the owner's permission before petting a dog, immunize your dog against rabies (It's the law!), and if you are bitten, seek medical attention immediately.


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