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Low-cost rabies clinics are back

Sep 19, 2016
SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Pet owners can take advantage of special rabies clinics across Simcoe and Muskoka over the coming weeks.

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Pet owners can take advantage of special rabies clinics across Simcoe and Muskoka over the coming weeks.

The clinics provide an inexpensive way to have their dogs and cats over 3 months old vaccinated for rabies.

This year there will be 18 participating veterinarians offering the vaccine at 30 clinics across Simcoe and Muskoka, running from Sept. 24 to Nov. 20.

With raccoon rabies cases appearing in Southern Ontario during the spring and summer of this year, there is greater need to be vigilant and take the right steps to protect both pets and family.

“We’re really grateful to the veterinarians who are giving their time to these clinics,” said rabies program coordinator Tanya Fehr with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “Pet owners are required by law to have their pets immunized against rabies, and this provides a chance for people with fewer financial resources to make sure their four-legged family members are immunized against rabies.”

The clinics provide vaccines against rabies to about 4,000 pets each year.

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.

Being aware of the potential remains critical, though. Health unit staff investigated close to 1,200 animal exposure incidents in 2015. Many of the investigations resulted in rabies vaccine for people as a precaution.

As well as mandatory rabies vaccination, you can help prevent the spread of rabies by preventing your pets from roaming free and keeping them indoors at night. Remind your family to stay away from unfamiliar dogs and cats as well as all wildlife, including bats.

If you have not already had your dog or cat vaccinated during a routine veterinary visit, then take advantage of the low-cost rabies clinics in your area and get your dog or cat vaccinated.

For information on clinic times and dates visit the health unit website at 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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