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- Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Coming to City of Kawartha Lakes on October 19 -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – 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 19.

“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 19 at the following times and locations:

BOBCAYGEON:

  • Bobcaygeon Veterinary Services (2004 County Road 8), 9 am to noon
  • Three Islands Veterinary Services (115 East Street North), 9 am to 1 pm

FENELON FALLS:

  • Fenelon Animal Clinic (474 County Road 121), 9 am to 1 pm

LINDSAY:

  • Lindsay Animal Clinic (62 Lindsay Street North), 9 am to 1 pm
  • Kawartha Animal Hospital (130 Angeline Street South), 9 am to 1 pm
  • Victoria Veterinary Services (86 Russell Street West) 9 am to noon

OMEMEE:

  • Omemee Veterinary Clinic (128 King Street West), 9 am to noon

For more information, call the local Health Unit office at (705) 324-3569, toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 or visit www.hkpr.on.ca .

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.

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