OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department has two remaining rabies vaccination clinics for pets this fall. Clinics will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road, Pulaski; and from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive, Scriba.
The rabies virus, which is nearly 100% fatal to mammals, is widespread in Central New York this summer. Immunizing pets is the most effective way to protect humans and their pets from rabies.
New York state law requires that all cats, dogs, and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually. Dogs and cats require a second vaccination within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.
A vaccinated cat, dog or ferret that is exposed to a potentially rabid animal is required to receive a booster shot. An unvaccinated pet that is exposed to a potentially rabid animal must be placed in strict isolation for six months or be euthanized.
Owners should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate with them to the clinic.
The health department suggests a $7 donation per animal to help defray the clinic cost. Dogs should be leashed, and cats and ferrets should be in a carrier. Leave sick pets at home.
Any time a person or pet comes in contact with a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be reported to the county health department as soon as possible. A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.
To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 315-341-0086. Additional information about rabies can be found at www.cdc.gov/rabies.