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March 25, 2005

Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinic March 30 in Scriba

OSWEGO -- The Oswego County Health Department will hold its first rabies clinic of the year Wednesday, March 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the County Department of Public Works garage, state Route 104, Scriba.

All dogs, cats and pet ferrets are required by state law to have a current rabies shot. Animals may receive their first rabies vaccine at age three months. The first shot protects the animal from rabies for one year. Subsequent shots last for three years. Pet owners should bring their petís last rabies certificate to the clinic. The health department requests a $5 donation to help cover the cost of the clinics.

Any person or pet that comes in contact with a sick or suspicious-acting animal should be reported to the county health department as soon as possible. A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.

For more information, call the health department, weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency involving possible rabies exposure during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health departmentís answering service at 341-0086.

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