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Time to get your pet vaccinated for rabies

POSTED: April 22, 2009 4:00 a.m.

In recent months, cases of rabies have been confirmed in surrounding counties.

  

This should be a wakeup call for all citizens.

  

Rabies is a deadly disease, which can be transmitted to humans. Rabies cases are mostly found in wildlife, such as raccoons; however, a family pet such as a dog or cat can also have and transmit rabies.

  

The good news is your pets can be protected from rabies by a simple vaccination. Why vaccinate your dog and cat against rabies? The reasons are simple: vaccination against rabies protects both you and your pet; plus, it’s the law.

  

In Georgia, all dogs and cats must be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

  

The pet should also display a rabies tag as proof of vaccination.

  

On Saturday, March 2, the Dawson County Extension Office, along with three local veterinarians, will conduct the annual 4-H Rabies Clinic.

  

Teams will be at different locations across Dawson County in an effort to vaccinate as many dogs and cats as possible.

  

Last year over 1,200 dogs and cats were vaccinated. The rabies vaccination cost is only $8 per animal. 

  

The times and locations of the clinic are as follows:

  

Route 1:  Dr. Steve Landreth:

8:30 - 10 a.m., Burt’s Pumpkin Farm

10:30 a.m. to noon, Dawson County Courthouse Parking Lot (new parking lot located below Dollar General)

  

Route 2:  Dr. Ed Holton:

8:30 a.m. to noon, Tractor Supply Company (Hwy. 53 East)

  

Route 3:  Dr. Brandon Mills:

8:30 - 10 a.m., Handy’s Corner

10:30 a.m. to noon, Riverview Middle School (front parking lot)

  

Please keep pets in your vehicle. The doctors will come to your car to give the vaccinations. If you have your paperwork from last year’s vaccination, bring it with you in order to speed up the process this year.

  

If you have questions, call one of the vets involved or the Dawson County Extension Office at (706) 265-2442.

  

Clark Beusse is the Dawson County extension agent.

 

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