Rabies clinics in mid-September
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is scheduling a series of rabies vaccination clinics throughout the region for mid-September.
The clinics will take place Sept. 16, 1 to 4 p.m., at various veterinary clinics throughout Eastern Ontario. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is working in partnership with local veterinarians to sponsor the clinics, to help ensure that the region’s cat and dog population has guaranteed protection against the risk of rabies.
Provincial law requires all cats and dogs that are three months or older get rabies shots. This applies also to pets which remain indoors all the time.
Cost for the clinics is $20 for each pet brought in for vaccination. No examination is required or will take place. Details about locations for the rabies clinics is at www. eohu.ca. The website also provides advice on the symptoms of rabies and dealing with a suspected rabid animal.
The EOHU emphasizes that the clinics are part of an annual program to reduce the risk of rabies in the region and that there have been no cases of rabies reported in Eastern Ontario. There are reports from Southern Ontario of an outbreak of rabies in raccoons.
Besides raccoons, other wild animals which are susceptible to rabies are bats and skunks. Dogs and cats which are allowed to run loose outside may contract rabies if they encounter and are bitten by an infected animal or come in contact with the saliva.
Le Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario prévoit une série de séances de vaccination contre la rage dans toute la région pour la mi-septembre. Détails : www.eohu.ca.