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Low-cost rabies vaccine for pets available

Oct 04, 2013
Local veterinarians are offering their annual low-cost rabies vaccine clinics for dogs and cats over 3 months old.

 

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Local veterinarians are offering their annual low-cost rabies vaccine clinics for dogs and cats over 3 months old.

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.

The low-cost rabies clinics begin on Sept. 28 and run to Oct. 29.

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.

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.

“We’re really pleased to be able to provide this service to Muskoka this year,” says Shannon Kelly, the coordinator of the rabies program with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “The clinics helped protect more than 4,200 pets against rabies last year. And we are grateful to the veterinarians who have taken the effort to bring these clinics to the public.”

Muskoka residents can take advantage of the clinics going on in Severn Ramara and Oro-Medonte townships.

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 972 animal bite incidents in the region in 2012. 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. If you come in contact with a bat or find one in a room, alive or dead, where you have been sleeping, have the bat tested for rabies.

For information on clinic times and dates visit the health unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Your 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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