Low-cost rabies clinics are returning to Northumberland County for the first time in three years.
The health unit of Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District is working with selected vets in Brighton, Campbellford, to deliver the clinics on Saturday October 1.
The cost of rabies vaccination at these clinics is $40 per animal.
The health unit states it will be cash only, no appointments needed.
The clinics are also held in Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and Port Hope.
The health unit states that pet owners are urged to keep dogs on a leash and cats in carriers, and also bring proof of their pet’s most recent rabies vaccination if possible. COVID-19 precautions are in place, with masks to be worn indoors and recommended where physical distancing is not possible. Everyone is requested to follow the COVID-19 protocols and anyone who feels sick should stay at home.
“If you are a pet owner facing financial challenges, the low-cost rabies vaccination clinics are for you,” Richard Ovcharovich, health protection manager at the HKPR District Health Unit, said in a statement. “Rabies kills, so vaccinating pets is an important part of caring for animals and being a responsible pet owner. By vaccinating your four-legged friend, you also protect the health of your family and loved ones.”
Here is a list of clinics offered in Northumberland County and the city of Kawartha Lakes:
- Presqu’ile Animal Hospital (46 Prince Edward St.), 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (or while supplies last)
- English Line Veterinary Services (527 County Rd 38), 9:00am to 12:00pm
- Fenelon Animal Clinic (474 County Road 121), 9am to 12pm
- Kawartha Animal Hospital (130 Angeline St S.) 8am to 12pm
- Dale Veterinary Clinic (121 Toronto Rd., Unit 131), 2-5pm (registration begins at 1:30pm)
- Ganaraska Animal Clinic (146 Rose Glen Rd. S.), 9am to 1pm
The health unit notes that the low-cost rabies vaccination clinics do not include pet testing. Owners should make another appointment with their vet to have their pet fully screened.
The timing of the cheap rabies vaccination clinic comes just days later World Rabies Day on September 28 – a global event designed to highlight the importance of rabies vaccination to protect pets and people. “It is a timely reminder that we need to be vigilant against rabies, especially if we encounter wild animals or come into contact with unvaccinated pets such as dogs and cats,” says Ovcharovich.
Rabies can be transmitted to humans when there is contact with the saliva of an infected animal through a bite, lick or scratch. In each of the past three years, the health unit has investigated more than 600 animal bite/scratch incidents in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the city of Kawartha Lakes.