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Low-cost rabies vaccination clinics Oct 1

The annual low-cost rabies vaccination clinics for cats and dogs will be taking place Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at various locations throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

At the clinics, rabies vaccine will be offered at the reduced cost of $25 per cat or dog.

The clinics are offered annually through an ongoing partnership between local veterinarians and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

In the 17 years since the clinics started in 1999, these clinics have administered more than 75,000 rabies vaccinations to cats and dogs in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Rabies vaccination is the best way to reduce the occurrence of rabies in pets, as well as prevent thetransmission of rabies to humans.

“The goal of these clinics is to make it easier for animal owners to prevent rabies in their pets,” says Dave Dodgson, Program Manager for Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. “By keeping pets protected, we also protect people from getting infected with the rabies virus.”

The recent outbreak of rabies in Hamilton, shows the importance of remaining vigilant with rabies vaccinations for pets. Rabies is still prevalent in many parts of the world which is why the World Health Organization has declared September 28th as World Rabies Day to help raise awareness about the importance of vaccination in preventing the spread of this disease.

Click here for more information about the vaccination clinics, or call the HPEPH at 613-966-5500.

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