PULASKI – The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road, Pulaski.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals that is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.
Many rabies cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.
Human rabies is rare in the United States.
New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.
The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age.
For dogs and cats, a second vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.
Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually.
In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated, and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.
There are two remaining rabies clinics this fall in Oswego County:
– Pulaski: Oct. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.
– Scriba: Nov. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.
The health department suggests a $7 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.
Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.
Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department.
To report a possible exposure or for more information about rabies, call the Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564.
In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.