Rabies vaccination clinics scheduled
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), in cooperation with local veterinarians, will hold rabies vaccination clinics throughout Eastern Ontario. The clinics will take place Sept. 19, 1 to 4 p.m., and offer the rabies vaccine for cats and dogs at a cost of $20 per pet. No examination will take place. Details about clinic locations can be found on the EOHU’s website at www.eohu.ca., by phone, toll-free, at 1-800-267-7120, or through a brochure mailout. There have been no cases of rabies reported so far this year in the EOHU area but regional health officials urge pet owners to bring their dogs and cats to the clinics as there are reports of rabies cases from other nearby jurisdictions. Rabies is most common in wild animals like bats, raccoons and skunks, which can pass the disease during outside encounters with pets. The disease is transmitted through the saliva. Ontario law requires all pets over three months old have rabies shots even if they are an indoor pet.