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Low-cost rabies vaccine for pets available

Sep 23, 2014
Muskoka’s pet owners will now be able to get their pets’ rabies shots at a reduced cost at special clinics for the first time.

MUSKOKA – Muskoka’s pet owners will now be able to get their pets’ rabies shots at a reduced cost at special clinics for the first time.

Local veterinarians have made arrangements to set up the clinics in October in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville.

“We’re really pleased to be able to provide this service to Muskoka this year,” says Ryan MacDougall, the manager of the rabies program with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “For the first time residents of Muskoka will be able to take advantage of a clinic in their area.

“The clinics helped protect more than 4,000 pets against rabies last year in Simcoe County,” he added. “And we are grateful to the veterinarians who have taken the effort to bring these clinics to the public.”

The popular clinics have been running for more than 20 years in Simcoe County, offering local pet owners a convenient, inexpensive means of getting their pets vaccinated against the disease.

It is mandatory for all dogs and cats to be vaccinated for protection against rabies. Pet owners who fail to comply risk receiving a fine.

Clinics will take place in Muskoka on the following dates and locations.

  • Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Staff Sgt. Larry Bigley K-9 Park, 780 John St. S., Huntsville
  • Saturday, Oct. 4, 1–3 p.m., Bracebridge Animal Hospital, 17 Ball’s Dr., Bracebridge
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Bracebridge Fire Hall, 16 Dominion St., Bracebridge.

Further clinics are being negotiated in the Huntsville area. Visit the health unit’s website for details as they become available.

The rabies clinics are just one important part of a broader program to prevent rabies from occurring in Simcoe and Muskoka. Thanks to vaccination of pets, baiting of wild raccoons and foxes and public awareness, Ontario’s incidence of rabies is lower than many other areas in North America. Health unit staff investigated more than 1,000 animal exposure incidents in the region in 2013. Many of the investigations resulted in a need for rabies vaccine to people as a precaution.

As well as the mandatory rabies vaccination you can help prevent the spread of rabies by not allowing your pets to roam free, keeping them indoors at night. Remind your family to stay away from unfamiliar dogs and cats as well as all wildlife, including bats.

For information on clinic times and dates visit the health unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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