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October 21, 2013

Health Department holds final rabies clinic Nov. 6 in Scriba

SCRIBA - Pet owners have one last chance this fall to have their pets vaccinated for rabies at a health department clinic. The Oswego County Health Department will hold the final rabies clinic of 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the County Highway Garage, state Route 104 East, Scriba.

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.

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 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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