County to host rabies clinic for pets

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TOWN OF TRENTON — Oneida County Health Department will hold a rabies vaccination clinic from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Trenton Municipal Center.

Pre-register for the clinic by calling 315-798-5064.

Rabies is a deadly disease that affects the brain and kills both animals and humans. Animals pass the virus when the infected animal bites them. Any mammal can get rabies, but bats, skunks, foxes and raccoons are most common.

Without quick treatment, the rabies virus can lead to death. However, rabies is almost 100 percent preventable for pets if they are vaccinated.

“It is extremely important to keep your pets up-to-date on all vaccinations, especially rabies,” said Director of Health Phyllis D. Ellis. “This not only protects your pet, but it also projects you, your family and the community.”

All cats, dogs and ferrets age 3 months or older must have a current rabies vaccination, even if they stay indoors. Pets will receive a one-year certificate if no prior proof of rabies is shown. Ferrets must be vaccinated each year. At the clinic, dogs must be kept on a leash and cats need to be in a carrier or laundry basket. No exams will be given. A $10 donation per pet is requested to help toward costs.

For questions about rabies or if you suspect a pet has been exposed, contact the Health Department at 315-798-5064, or go to www.ocgov.net/oneida/health.

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