August 20, 2010
Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinic in Pulaski Sept. 8
PULASKI - The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for dogs, cats and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the County Highway Garage on Centerville Road.
All puppies, kittens, and pet ferrets are required by New York State law to have their first rabies vaccine no later than four months of age. Another vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.
People bringing their pets to the clinic are asked to keep dogs on a leash and cats and ferrets in crates. Owners should bring their pet's last rabies certificate to the clinic. A $5 donation is suggested.
Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County Director of Public Health, said the rabies virus continues to be active in Oswego 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. If a person receives a bite or scratch on the skin, it should be washed immediately with soap and water.
If a pet is wounded in an encounter with another animal, the wound should be washed with soap and water if feasible. Pet owners should avoid having direct contact with the wound and wear rubber or latex gloves and eye protection (regular or safety glasses) while cleaning the pet's wound.
To report a possible exposure, and for more information about rabies, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department's answering service at 315-341-0086.
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