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Oct. 14, 2005

Pet Owners Have One Last Shot at Rabies Clinic

Pet owners have one last shot at having their dog, cat or ferret vaccinated against rabies at a health department clinic this fall. The Oswego County Health Department will hold its final rabies clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the county highway garage, Dill Pickle Alley, Parish.

All dogs, cats and pet ferrets are required by state law to have current rabies shots. 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 pet's last rabies certificate to the clinic.

The health department requests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies 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 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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