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Animal vaccination

All dogs and cats over three months of age must be vaccinated against rabies, according to the law. If your pet's vaccination is current, your pet is protected from fox, raccoon, and bat strain rabies. Other animals, including ferrets and livestock (i.e. horse, cow, bull, deer, calf, sheep) are also required to be vaccinated if they come into contact with the general public. Owners are required to provide proof of vaccination upon request from a public health inspector.

If your dog or cat didn't get vaccinated during a routine veterinary visit, you can take advantage of the low-cost rabies clinics in your area in the fall. When clinics are active, the schedule is posted below. For a listing of additional low-cost rabies vaccine clinics outside of Simcoe Muskoka, please refer to the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.

Low-cost rabies clinics

Every year, the health unit works with local veterinarians to arrange low-cost rabies clinics for animals in Simcoe Muskoka. These clinics occur in the fall and we encourage you to take advantage of them if your dog or cat was not vaccinated during a routine veterinary visit.

We assist in coordinating these clinics because:

  • a current rabies vaccination is required by law in Ontario for all dogs, cats, and ferrets;
  • clinics assist with increasing the number of vaccinated animals in Simcoe Muskoka; and
  • they help reduce the risk of potential rabies exposures to humans.

2020 Clinics

The following is a list of low-cost rabies vaccination clinics for cats and dogs within Simcoe and Muskoka. All dogs must be on a leash and cats restrained. All animals must be over 3 months of age. Costs are per animal and ONLY CASH will be accepted.

Some clinics are offering 3 year rabies vaccine boosters for previously vaccinated pets. Proof of vaccination is required. Bring your pet's vaccination records to see if your pet qualifies for the 3 year or 1 year vaccine.

Additional COVID-19 instructions:

  • Do not attend a clinic if you are ill.
  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Practice physical distancing (staying 2 metres away from others).
  • Wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub immediately before and after visiting clinic.

Creemore Veterinary Services
10 Francis St. East
Creemore

3 year booster
$30 HST incl. CASH ONLY
Proof of previous vaccination required

Clinic instructions:
- Masks MUST be worn

Holly Animal Hospital
494 Veterans Drive, Suite 21
Barrie

1 year vaccine / 3 year booster
$40 HST incl. CASH ONLY and exact change
Proof of previous vaccination required for 3 year booster

Clinic instructions:
- Physical distancing - minimum 6 feet
- Face masks and gloves mandatory
- Dogs will be vaccinated outdoors; client will be responsible for restraining for vaccinations
- NO clients will be allowed in the clinic
- Owners will be required to sign a disclaimer
- Limited to 1 owner per pet
- Cats and dogs must be restrained (cats in carrier, dogs leashed)
- All pets must be in good health; no coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or diarrhea

Oro-Medonte Veterinary Services
96 School House Road
Oro-Medonte

1 year vaccine - $20 HST incl. CASH ONLY
3 year booster - $30 HST incl. CASH ONLY
Proof of previous vaccination required for 3 year booster

Penetanguishene Veterinary Hospital
5 Robert St. West
Penetanguishene

1 year vaccine only
$25 HST incl. CASH ONLY

Clinic instructions:
- Face masks mandatory
- Please line up in front of the clinic

Oro-Medonte Veterinary Services
96 School House Road
Oro-Medonte

1 year vaccine - $20 HST incl. CASH ONLY
3 year booster - $30 HST incl. CASH ONLY
Proof of previous vaccination required for 3 year booster

Pyne Hills Veterinary Hospital
99 Queen St. South
Tottenham

1 year vaccine
$30 HST incl. CASH ONLY

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