MCHD to host rabies clinic

FONDA — The Montgomery County Department of Public Health will have a rabies clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Palatine Town Barn, 817 Stone Arabia Road, Fort Plain, according to a news release.

The New York State Public Health Law requires that all dogs, cats and domestic ferrets will have the initial vaccinations administered against rabies no later than 4 months of age and stay up to date with re-vaccinations. The re-vaccinations are required one year later and a booster shot every three years. It is important to have pets vaccinated in a timely manner in order for the pet to be considered protected against the virus. The pet owners should bring proof of their pet’s last rabies vaccination.

The rabies vaccine veterinarian administration fee is $10 per rabies vaccine. Other vaccines will be available at additional fees.

Follow the guidelines:

∫ Face coverings must be worn.

∫ In order to follow social distancing:

∫ Try to only have one person attend.

∫ If possible, do not bring children.

∫ Maintain six foot distance from other attendees.

To assure the safety of other pets and people; dogs must be leashed; cats and ferrets must be contained in a pet carrier or box when attending the rabies clinic.

For more information about rabies, contact Montgomery County Public Health from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (518) 853-3531 or a veterinarian.

By Patricia Older