Low-cost rabies vaccine clinics for pets returning to Simcoe Muskoka region – Barrie


To assist protect pets and their owners, low-cost rabies vaccine clinics are returning to Simcoe County, Ont., later this month.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit said the low-cost rabies clinics are a reasonable method to get rabies shots for dogs and cats over three months old.

Low-cost rabies clinics are offered annually by local veterinarians who give their time to operate the clinics.

“Cats and dogs are a part of the family, and vaccinating them against rabies protects them and the human members of your loved ones,” said Felicia Ratiu, rabies program coordinator on the health unit.

“Vaccinating pets against rabies can be required by law, and these clinics are a reasonable option for pet owners.”

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The primary clinic might be held on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Tottenham, with additional clinics in Barrie, Oro-Medonte, Penetanguishene and Thornton, through to Oct. 29.

Pet owners can select a one or three-year vaccine, depending on the animal’s vaccination status.

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Before attending the clinics, the health unit recommends pet owners speak with their vet to find out if their pet is eligible and ask that they convey their pet’s previous vaccination certificate to assist determine which vaccine is best for his or her animal.

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The low-cost clinics help 1000’s of pets get vaccinated against rabies annually.

Because of rabies vaccination, the health unit said, together with the baiting of untamed raccoons, skunks and foxes and public awareness, Ontario’s incidence of rabies is lower than many other areas in North America.

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Along with vaccinating pets, health officials recommend people not let their cats or dogs roam free and to maintain them indoors at night. In addition they encourage people to avoid unfamiliar dogs and cats, in addition to all wildlife, including bats.

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Rabies is a fatal disease that may spread to humans who’re bitten or scratched by an infected animal.

In 2021, health unit staff investigated 1,603 animal exposure incidents, lots of which resulted in rabies vaccines for people as a precaution.

Anyone unable to attend the limited low-cost clinic locations also can contact their local veterinarian to rearrange to get their pet vaccinated.

For clinic times and dates, visit the health unit website or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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