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October 24, 2007

Final Rabies Clinic is Nov. 7 in Pulaski

PULASKI - The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for dogs, cats and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Oswego County Highway Garage on Centerville Road near Pulaski. This is the last rabies clinic scheduled for 2007.

“It is extremely important that all pet owners have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated against rabies,” said Kathleen Smith, Oswego County Public Health Director. “The virus remains active throughout the year and can be transmitted even in the winter months. The rabies vaccination is the most effective way of protecting your pets and your family from rabies.”

So far this year, there have been seven confirmed cases of rabies in Oswego County, including one raccoon, three skunks and three bats.

Pets must be at least three months old to receive a rabies shot. The first shot protects the animal from rabies for one year. Subsequent shots last for three years. Pet owners should bring their pet's rabies vaccination record to the clinic.

All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

The health department requests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies shots, but no one will be turned away.

Any time a person or pet comes in contact with a sick or suspicious-acting 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 or to report a possible exposure, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200 ext. 3564 on weekdays. In an emergency during evening, weekend or holiday hours, call the health department's answering service at 341-0086.

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