March 9, 2007
Oswego County Health Department Announces 2007 Rabies Clinics
The Oswego County Health Department has scheduled eight rabies clinics to be held throughout Oswego County over the next several months. The first will be Wednesday, March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Granby Town Garage.
Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Public Health Director, said it is extremely important that pet owners make sure their cats, dogs and pet ferrets have up-to-date rabies shots. Already in 2007, a rabid skunk was found in the City of Oswego. Last year, there were 14 cases of rabies confirmed in Oswego County.
The following rabies clinics are scheduled for 2007:
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 suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.
“Anytime that a person or pet comes in physical contact with a sick or suspicious-acting animal, it should be immediately reported to the county Health Department,” said Smith. “Any bite or scratch on the skin should be immediately and thoroughly washed with soap and water.”
To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the county Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department's answering service at 341-0086.
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