August 24, 2015
GRANBY - The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Granby Town Highway Garage on County Route 8.
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. For dogs and cats, a second vaccination is required 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. Rabies clinics will be held this fall at these locations around Oswego County:
The health department suggests a $7 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 wild animal, especially a bat or a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department. The health department advises people to trap a bat if they find one in their home. Before trapping the bat, protect yourself with gloves and a hat. Keep the bat inside and do not let it escape outdoors. Collect the bat in a container with a secure lid.
The state Department of Health has developed a short video with instructions on how to safely capture a bat indoors. To view the video, go to http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/rabies/.
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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