Rabies clinic to take place on Saturday

FONDA — The Montgomery County Public Health will have a rabies clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Rural Grove Fire Department, 1192 Route 162, Rural Grove, according to a news release.

The New York State Public Health Law requires that all dogs, cats and domestic ferrets 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. 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 your pet will receive a one-year vaccination only.

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

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 MCPH at (518) 853-3531 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday through Friday for August or call a veterinarian.

By Patricia Older

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