March 30, 2018
OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department will hold its next rabies clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road, Pulaski.
New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and ferrets 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.
The rabies virus is fatal to mammals and can infect any mammal. Immunizing pets greatly reduces the risk of human exposure to rabies and is the most effective way to protect humans and their pets from the rabies virus.
Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health director, said most rabies cases involve people or domestic animals coming in contact with rabid wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. A raccoon in Pennellville tested positive for rabies in February. Wildlife will become more active as the weather gets warmer.
Owners should bring their pet's 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 during the spring, 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 department's answering service at 315-341-0086.
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