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Low-cost Rabies Vaccine Clinic for Returning Pets in the Simcoe Muskoka Area – BarryOUS News

To help protect pets and their owners, low-cost rabies vaccine clinics are returning later this month to Simcoe County, Ont.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit said low-cost rabies clinics are an affordable way for dogs and cats over the age of three months to get a rabies shot.

Low-cost rabies clinics are offered annually by local veterinarians who spend their time operating the clinics.

“Cats and dogs are part of the family, and vaccinating them against rabies protects them and the human members of your family,” said Felicia Ratiu, rabies program coordinator at the health unit.

“Vaccination of pets against rabies is also required by law, and these clinics are an affordable option for pet owners.”

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The first clinic will be held in Tottenham on Sunday, 25 September, with additional clinics in Barrie, Oro-Medonte, Penetunguishen and Thornton until 29 October.

Pet owners may opt for a one or three year vaccine, depending on the animal’s vaccination status.


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Before attending clinics, the health unit advises pet owners to speak with their veterinarian to determine if their pet is eligible and ask that they verify their pet’s previous vaccination certificate. to help determine which vaccine is best for their animal.

Low-cost clinics help vaccinate thousands of pets against rabies annually.

Thanks to rabies vaccination, the health unit said, along with bites from wild raccoons, skunks and foxes, and public awareness, the incidence of rabies in Ontario is lower than in many other regions of North America.

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In addition to vaccinating pets, health officials advise people not to let their cats or dogs roam in the open and to keep them indoors at night. They encourage people to avoid unfamiliar dogs and cats, as well as all wildlife, including bats.

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Rabies is a deadly disease that can be spread to humans when bitten or scratched by an infected animal.

In 2021, health unit staff investigated 1,603 animal exposure incidents, many of whom were vaccinated against rabies as a precaution.

Anyone unable to attend the limited low-cost clinic locations can contact their veterinarian to arrange for their pet to be vaccinated.

For clinic times and dates, visit the Health Unit website or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. .


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