June 28, 2013
PARISH - The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs, and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 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 at three months of age. A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually. In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet's last rabies vaccination 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. Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.
This summer and fall, clinics will be held at these locations:
"The rabies virus continues to be active across Oswego County," said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director. "The virus can infect any mammal, including dogs, cats, livestock, wildlife, and humans. The vast majority of rabies cases reported each year occur with wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes."
Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department. To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the 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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