Lumpkin County 4-H and VCA Chestatee Animal Hospital will be hosting their annual rabies clinic on Saturday, May 14th, in the lower parking lot of Lumpkin County Middle School from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
According to a release by the Lumpkin County Extension Office, rabies is a viral infection that is spread through the saliva of infected animals. It is able to infect most mammals and affects the central nervous system of a host, causing symptoms such as convulsions and paralysis. Rabies is almost always fatal in infected animals.
Because it is easily spread through saliva, the virus is commonly spread from wild animals to household pets by means of a bite. However, bites are not the only means of transmission. Rabies has also been known to spread by other animal contact, such as scratches. Common carriers of the virus in the wild are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats.
The best way to protect household pets from the rabies virus is to have them vaccinated annually. Georgia law requires all home cats and dogs to be vaccinated each year. The 4-H Rabies Clinic offers rabies vaccinations at low prices. Rabies shots for dogs or cats will cost $10.
As in past years, the clinic will employ their “drive by” method for vaccinations. This year, the office is asking participants to go online beforehand and fill out a digital registration form at extension.uga.edu/county-offices/lumpkin.html. The registration link can also be found at https://form.jotform.com/202764734644056. Payment can be made with exact cash or checks made out to Lumpkin County Extension/4-H.
Pets must be leashed or in a crate or carrier when visiting to avoid confrontations with other pets.
The upcoming clinic is the only local Rabies Clinic whose entire proceeds help fund camp scholarships and activities for the Lumpkin County 4-H Club. The 4-H program helps local youth to become well-rounded individuals through participation in camps, judging teams, projects, state government internships, and many other character-building events. The office is encouraging anyone with pets to come out and help support a great cause while helping to protect their pets at the same time.
For more information, contact the Lumpkin County Extension Office at 706-864-2275.