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Rabies. I am from Australia moving to Canada.We dont have it. How likely am I to encounter it?

Im bringing 2 dogs with me and I was wondering what other animals to be wary of and if its common? Cheers

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Hey! We love Australians over here in Canada, so welcome!! As for rabies, it is mandatory for all dogs (I think cats are exempt) to get a rabies shot every few years. This means that they are unable to get it if they come in contact with an infected animal. Usually the animals that you hear about having it are wild racoons, although other rodents, coyotes or deer could also get it. Get the shot, and you're good to go.

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I would think youd have a better chance of getting it in australia then canada. Just don't touch wild animals and you don't have worry about it. Plus they have shots for it if you do get bit.

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I think the major threat will come from wild animals such as raccoons or skunks and possibly badger. However, if you are not spending alot of time in the wilderness or wooded areas, then the other threat would be from infected domestic pets. I would write or ask the Provincial Police of the area you are going to live.

The country is beautiful and I believe it is quite easy to walk where man has not walked for centuries if at all. The Canadians I have come to know in Ontario are some of the worlds nicest people. I wish you luck in you new location.

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It can be carried by a lot of animals, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, etc. The best thing you can do is take your dogs in for yearly rabies vaccinations, just to be on the safe side. Rabies is very serious and can even be passed to humans if you are bitten by an infected animal. It is always better to get your animals vaccinated than to have to put them down in the event that they are infected.

Hope this helps.