2020 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics
The organizing of low-cost rabies vaccination clinics is another service that will be affected this year by the presence of COVID-19 in our communities. Many of our vets who support our clinics are not able to participate this year. It may be difficult to maintain a physical distancing and therefore it was decided to cancel the clinics this September. If you had your dog or cat vaccinated last year or want to inquire about getting or updating rabies vaccinations for your pets, you should speak with a local vet. Vaccinating your pets against rabies is important; it is also the law.
The Health Unit would like to remind you that there are things you can do to reduce the risk of rabies exposure for your pet:
- Never let your pets run at large
- Stay away from all unknown animals, both wild and domestic
- Do not feed or care for wild animals and do not encourage them on your property
Protect Your Family – Dogs and Cats Must Be Vaccinated
The Health Unit in partnership with local vets and municipalities sponsors Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics. The goal of holding these clinics is to help provide rabies vaccinations to as many cats and dogs as possible. By increasing the vaccination coverage in pets we will help to minimize the potential transmission of rabies to humans.
These low-cost clinics are open to all residents of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and we encourage people that may have numerous pets to ensure if they do not regularly see a vet to bring their cats and dogs to these clinics. Domestic animals at a higher risk of exposure to rabid animals include:
- Barn cats
- Hunting dogs that while running in the bush have a potential of interacting with wildlife that may have rabies
World Rabies Day is held in September each year to bring awareness to rabies issues around the world. Rabies is a deadly disease that can be prevented. Did you know that a person dies from Rabies every 10 minutes throughout the world? Help prevent the spread of rabies by vaccinating your pet dog or cat. Visit this website for more information on World Rabies Day.