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Rabies clinic set for May 8
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The times and locations of the clinic are as follows:


Route 1:  Dr. Brandon Mills

8:30-10 a.m., Burt’s Pumpkin Farm

10:30 a.m. to noon, Dawson County Middle School

(parking lot on Hwy. 9 North)


Route 2:  Dr. Steve Landreth

8:30 a.m. to noon, Kilough Elementary School


Route 3:  Dr. Ed Holton

8:30-10 a.m., Handy’s Corner

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

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 that 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 the disease.


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.


All dogs and cats in the state of Georgia must be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian. The pet should also display a rabies tag as proof of vaccination.


On May 8, 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, 1,144 dogs and cats were vaccinated.


The rabies vaccination cost is only $8 per animal.


Please keep pets in your vehicle when taking them for vaccinations. 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.


For more information, call one of the vets involved or the Dawson County Extension Office at (706) 265-2442.


Clark Beusse is the Dawson County extension agent. For more information, call (706) 265-2442.