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Sept. 2, 2005

Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinic in Pulaski Sept. 14

PULASKI -- The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the County Highway Garage on county Route 2A.

Dogs must be leashed. Cats or ferrets must be enclosed in a crate or container. The health department requests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics. Owners should bring their pet's last rabies certificate to the clinic.

New York State public health law requires that all dogs, cats, and pet ferrets have their first rabies vaccine no later than four months of age and have a second vaccination within one year of the first. A booster shot is typically required every three years after. Owners should check their pet's vaccination certificate to find out when boosters are needed.

Anytime a person or pet comes in contact with a sick or suspicious-acting domestic animal, or any wild animal, the incident 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 800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department's answering service at 341-0086.

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