- 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 Information for Children
Animal Bites/Rabies Report Form
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
What Do I Do If I Have A Bat In My Home?
- If you have a bat in your home, do not let it go! Safely capture the bat and call the health department 315-798-5064 for further instructions.
- Avoid risk of rabies from bats CDC