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Rabies clinics set by Public Health

FONDA — The Montgomery County Public Health will be having the following rabies clinics, according to a news release.

∫ From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Amsterdam Town Highway Department, 283 Manny’s Corner’s Road, Amsterdam.

∫ From 9 a.m. to noon June 23, at the Canajoharie Fire Department garage (not firehouse), 39 Mohawk St.

New York State Public Health Law requires that all dogs, cats and domestic ferrets shall have initial vaccinations administered against rabies no later than 4 months of age and stay up to date with re-vaccinations. 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, the pet will receive a one-year vaccination only, the news release stated.

Veterinarian administration fee for rabies vaccine is $10 per vaccine. Other vaccines will be available at additional fees. The June 23 clinic, rabies vaccines are available free of charge to Montgomery County residents, donations will be accepted to help defray program costs. The suggested donation is $10, the news release stated.

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, the news release stated.

For more information about rabies, contact Montgomery County Public Health at (518) 853-3531 from 8a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or a veterinarian, the news release stated.

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