August 31, 2021
Rabies is a deadly disease that can be prevented. Help prevent the spread of rabies by vaccinating your pet dog or cat.
Together with partner veterinarians and municipalities, the Health Unit is offering low-cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics throughout the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties. These Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be held on September 22 and 29. Not all area vets have the capacity to participate in the low cost clinics due to the pandemic so some areas where clinics operated previously may not have a clinic this year. To find the locations where clinics will be held, call 1-800-660-5853 or visit the Health Unit’s Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic page. Vaccinations are $20 cash only. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.
The goal of hosting these clinics is to help provide rabies vaccinations to as many cats and dogs as possible. As a pet owner, you are responsible for keeping your pet’s vaccination certificate. Dog and cats must be vaccinated against rabies – It’s the law! It is important that pet cats or dogs remain up-to-date with their rabies vaccination as they could be at risk of getting rabies. By increasing the vaccination coverage in pets we will help to minimize the potential transmission of rabies to humans.
In addition, hunters preparing for the hunting season are reminded to get their dogs vaccinated against rabies. While running in the bush, hunting dogs have the potential of interacting with wild life that may have rabies. To help protect some wild animals against rabies, the Ministry of Natural Resources releases bait in certain areas in August. Stay away from wild or stray animals. If you or any member of your family has been bitten, scratched or in contact with a potentially rabid animal, contact your local Health Unit, health care provider, or go to your local emergency health care department immediately.
For more information about preventing the spread of rabies, call us at 1-800-660-5853 or 613-345-5685 and ask for a public health inspector or visit our Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic page or connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LGLHealthUnit or @lglhealthunit.z on Instagram for important public health updates.
Media Contact: Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, 613-802-0550 or email [email protected].