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- Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Coming to Northumberland County on October 5 -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – If you care about your pet's health, then ensure your dog or cat gets vaccinated against rabies.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit and local veterinarians are again teaming up to provide Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics on Saturday, October 5.

“We're pleased to again partner with local veterinarians to offer an easy and affordable way for people to protect their pets from the risk of rabies,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Rabies is no way for a family pet to die, so the clinics are a chance for local residents to give their pets the protection they deserve.”

Cost for the rabies vaccine is $25 per animal (cash only), and no examination of the animal will take place at the clinic. Dogs need to be on leashes and cats should be in a carrier. The clinics take place on October 5 at the following times and locations:

BRIGHTON:

  • Hrushy Veterinary Housecall Services, Codrington Fire Hall (County Road 27), 9 am to 2:30 pm

CAMPBELLFORD:

  • English Line Veterinary Service (527 County Road 38), 9 am to 1 pm

COBOURG:

  • Midtown Animal Hospital (483 Division St.), 9 am to 2 pm
  • Pine Ridge Veterinary Clinic (483 Ontario St.), 9 am to 1 pm
  • Strathy Road Animal Clinic (1 Strathy Rd., Unit 4), 9 am to 1 pm

PORT HOPE:

  • Dale Veterinary Clinic (121 Toronto Rd., Unit 131), 9 am to 1 pm
  • Ganaraska Animal Clinic (146 Rose Glen Rd. S.), 9 am to 1 pm
  • Port Hope Veterinary Hospital (25 Peter St.), 9 am to noon

Veterinarians in Belleville, Trenton and north Hastings County are also offering low-cost rabies clinics on October 5. Call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 or click herefor more information.

Rabies is a serious virus that attacks the nerves and brain of an animal. People and pets can get rabies when an animal infected with rabies licks, bites or scratches them, and in the process, breaks the skin. If left untreated, rabies is fatal.

In this area, Ovcharovich notes, it is mandatory that pet owners get rabies vaccination for their dogs and cats. The vaccination of all domestic dogs and cats involved in animal bite incidents are routinely checked. Failure to comply with the mandatory vaccination for your pet can result in a substantial fine for an animal owner should charges be laid.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Richard Ovcharovich, Manager, Environmental Health, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, or 1-866-888-4577.

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