2009-04-25 / News

Rabies clinic scheduled for May 3

LANCASTER - The Fairfield Department of Health is offering a rabies clinic for dogs and cats on Sunday, May 3 at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the Junior Swine Arena from noon to 3 p.m. Cats and dogs must be at least 12 weeks old. Dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in a carrier. The cost per vaccination is six dollars, payable by cash only.

Fairfield County regulations require that all dogs and cats are vaccinated for rabies. The rabies vaccine helps prevent the spread of the rabies virus to your pet dog or cat if they were ever to be exposed to a rabid animal.

The rabies clinic is being sponsored by the Fairfield Department of Health, Morris Veterinary Clinic, and Fairfield Pet Hospital. There is no pre-registration necessary.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The majority of rabies cases reported in Ohio occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle and dogs most often reported rabid. In 2008, of the 235 animal bites reported to The Fairfield Department of Health, investigations showed that no animals tested positive for rabies.

Sanitarians at the Fairfield Department of Health monitor for rabies transmission in Fairfield County, and last year sanitarians investigated:

• 188 dog bites • 42 cat bites • 1 rodent bite • 3 bat bites

• 1 opossum bite For more information, please call 740-653-4489.

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