OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department will hold its next rabies clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Oswego County Highway Garage, 24 Dill Pickle Alley, Parish.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said the rabies virus is widespread across Oswego County this summer, and people should make sure their pets are properly vaccinated against rabies.
“The rabies vaccination is the most effective method of protecting pets and humans from rabies,” said Huang.
Dogs, cats and ferrets should receive their first rabies vaccine at three months of age.
Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.
Dogs and cats require a second vaccination within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.
In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that their pet was previously vaccinated.
Owners should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate with them to the clinic.
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.
Cats and pet ferrets should be in a carrier.
People should leave sick pets at home.
Clinics will be held at these locations during the fall:
– Pulaski: Oct. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.
– Scriba: Nov. 2, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.
People can take the following steps to reduce the risk of rabies in humans and pets:
– Do not feed pets outdoors.
– Never try to feed a wild animal.
– Do not approach or touch unfamiliar animals.
– Avoid any animal with symptoms of rabies.
– Block any openings into the home that an animal may get through.
– Keep tamper-proof lids on outside garbage cans so animals are not attracted to your property.
– Teach children basic rules about protecting themselves from strange and unfamiliar animals.
Huang said that any time a person or pet is bitten by a domestic or wild animal, and any time that a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department.
To report a possible exposure, 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.
For more information on rabies visit www.oswegocounty.com/health/rabies.pdf or www.cdc.gov/rabies.