South Georgia Will Host Rabies Clinic

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Grady County, GA --

Cairo Animal Hospital, Animal Medical Center and the Environmental Health section of the Grady County Health Department are teaming up June 25 to offer rabies vaccinations at a reduced cost to local pet owners.

The clinic will be from 8 - 11 a.m. at Grady County Livestock Pavilion.

Vaccinations will cost $13 per cat or dog, with payment required in
cash, organizers say.

"In recent months, positive cases of rabies have occurred in
our area, and we've investigated a number of animal bites in Grady
County recently. Wild animals, strays and unvaccinated pets have been involved," said Grady County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist Shane Huey.

"These factors are obviously of concern."

Rabies, a virus transmitted by saliva, is in Georgia's wild
animal population.

Keeping pet vaccinations up-to-date both protects
them against the disease and helps prevent humans from being infected,

Huey said further, state law requires pet cats and dogs be vaccinated against rabies.

"The rabies clinic allows you to get your pet vaccinated at a
reduced price," says Huey.

"This community service aims to proactively create a barrier against the rabies virus and our pet and human population. It's also an opportunity to save money, especially if you have multiple pets."

To be eligible for vaccination at the rabies clinic, pets must
be at least three months of age and healthy.

Huey noted that unvaccinated animals that contract rabies face a
death sentence.

"It is 100% fatal," he said.

Unvaccinated pets that are exposed to suspicious-acting strays or wild animals but aren't bitten are placed in strict isolation for six

Those showing signs of rabies during that time are required to be euthanized and tested for the disease.

Pets that bite humans must be quarantined for 10 days even if their
vaccinations are up to date, Huey said.

"It is important to report any scratch or bite, or contact with a wild or stray animal to environmental health specialists at the health department," he added.

For more information about rabies or the clinic, call Grady
County Environmental Health at 229-377-8857.

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