- A virus that affects the brain and leads to death unless treated soon after exposure.
- Animals pass the virus to other animals and to humans through saliva.
- Any mammal can get rabies, but bats, skunks, foxes, and raccoons are most common. Dogs, cats, and ferrets can also get rabies.
Rabies Vaccine Clinics
The Oneida County Health Department hosts rabies clinics throughout the year in various locations in the county. Pets will receive a one-year certificate if no prior proof of rabies is shown. A $10 donation per pet is requested to help with costs
Appointments are required for the clinic and can be made by calling 315-798-5064 by clicking "Rabies Vaccination Clinic" button below.
The following guidelines apply:
- Per NYS Public Health Law, all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated by 4 months old. Dogs and cats need another dose at age 1 and then receive a booster dose every 3 years following. Ferrets must receive booster doses annually.
- Pets will receive a 1 year certificate if no prior proof of rabies vaccination is shown.
- Dogs need to be on a leash and cats need to be in a carrier or laundry basket.
How Do I Prevent Rabies?
- Stay away from strays and wild animals.
- Make sure pets are up to date on vaccinations.
- Prevent Dog Bites