Rabies clinic set for St. Johnsville tonight

FONDA — The Montgomery County Department of Public Health will have a rabies vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the St. Johnsville Town Barn, 7431 Route 5, according to a news release.

The New York state Public Health Law requires that all dogs, cats and domestic ferrets shall have 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. This helps the veterinarian determine whether the pet will receive a one or three year vaccination; without it the pet will receive a one-year vaccination only.

The veterinarian administration fee is $10 per rabies vaccine. The rabies is the only vaccine offered at the clinic.

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 the Montgomery County Public Health for July and August from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (518) 853-3531 or a veterinarian.

By Kerry Minor

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