June Holds Two Opportunities to Vaccinate Pets

     Oneida County pet owners have two chances to protect their pets from the deadly rabies virus during the month of June. The Oneida County Health Department will hold Rabies Vaccination Clinics in both Boonville and Rome this month, Bobbi Jo Girven, Rabies Program Coordinator said.

     Thursday, June 18th from 6-8 PM at the Boonville Fairgrounds dogs, cats and ferrets 3 months and older can receive a rabies vaccine that will protect the animal for one year. Dogs and cats must receive a booster the following year and a shot every three years thereafter. Ferrets must receive a rabies vaccine each year. The second clinic in June will be held on Thursday, June 25th from 6-8 PM at Rome City Hall. No examinations will be given. A $10 dollar donation is suggested at both clinics to defray costs. Owners are urged to bring a record of their pet’s previous vaccinations with them.
     “This year we’ve seen a number of incidents where a rabid animal has invaded a home or property and made contact with an unvaccinated pet, requiring that pet to be quarantined for six months or euthanized,” said Girven. She added, “Just because your pet is kept indoors or confined to your yard doesn’t guarantee it will be safe from rabies, unless it’s been vaccinated.”  
     The Oneida County Health Department reminds pets owners that they are required by law to vaccinate their pets at three months of age and to keep the vaccinations current.
     For more information on rabies prevention or for a completed rabies clinic schedule, call the Oneida County Health Department at 798-5064 or visit our web site at www.ocgov.net