April 3, 2009
Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinic in Parish April 15
PARISH - Dogs, cats and pet ferrets can get a rabies shot at the Oswego County Health Department's rabies clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the County Highway Garage on Dill Pickle Alley, Parish.
New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given no later than four months of age, however the Oswego County Health Department uses a vaccine that can be given to pets at three months of age. A second vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. Pet owners should bring their pet's last rabies certificate to the clinic.
Dogs must be leashed and cats or ferrets must be enclosed in a crate. The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the clinic.
County residents are reminded that any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a wild animal, the incident should be reported to the health department as soon as possible. A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water. Pet owners should avoid having direct contact with those wounds by wearing rubber or latex gloves and eye protection (regular or safety glasses) while cleaning the wound.
To report a possible exposure, and for more information about rabies, call the Oswego 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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