May 25, 2017
WEST MONROE - The Oswego County Health Department will hold its next rabies clinic Wednesday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the West Monroe Town Highway Garage, 46 County Rte. 11, West Monroe.
All dogs, ferrets, and cats, including pets that remain indoors, must be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually. Dogs and cats require a second vaccination within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated.
Owners should bring their petís last rabies vaccination certificate with them to the clinic.
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 ferrets should be in a carrier. Please leave sick pets at home.
Clinics will be held at these locations this summer and fall:
Any time a person or pet comes in contact with a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be reported to the county health department as soon as possible. A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.
To reduce the risk of rabies in animals and humans, people should take the following steps:
To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health departmentís answering service at 315-341-0086.
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