PARISH Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Oswego County residents have two remaining opportunities to have their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies this fall. The County Health Department will hold rabies clinics from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the County Highway Garage, on Dill Pickle Alley, Parish, and Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the County Highway Garage on Route 104 East, Scriba.
Pet owners are asked to make sure that dogs are leashed and cats and ferrets are securely caged. The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.
All dogs, cats and pet ferrets are required by state law to have current rabies shots. Animals may receive their first rabies vaccine at age three months. The first shot protects the animal from rabies for one year. Subsequent shots last for three years. Pet owners should bring their petÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last rabies certificate to the clinic.
Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a wild animal, the incident should be reported to the health department as soon as possible. A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.
For more information, call the health department weekdays at 349-3564 or 800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health departmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s answering service at 341-0086.