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Health Department to Hold Rabies Clinic on Saturday

October 20, 2015 - 10:45 PM

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Health Department and Knox County Animal Shelter will sponsor a rabies immunization clinic on Saturday (10/24) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the health department, 11660 Upper Gilchrist Rd.   


“Rabies shots are a lot like flu shots,” said Terri Hiller, R.S., who investigates animal bites for the health department. “It doesn’t make a difference where you get one, but the important thing is that you get one for your pet.”  


The clinic is for dogs, cats and ferrets. Only one-year vaccinations will be offered. There is a $10 charge. Payment can be made with cash or by check 

 “We recommend that all pets be vaccinated for rabies, whether they are an inside pet or one that stays outside.” said Hillier. “In recent years, we have had rabies cases involving pets kept inside and outside, so it’s important to have all of your pets vaccinated.” 

Dogs should be brought to the clinic on a leash; cats and ferrets should be contained in a carrier. Pet owners will be required to complete paperwork on site for record-keeping purposes. Vaccinated dogs will receive a rabies tag that can be attached to the animal’s collar; cat and ferret owners will receive a receipt for vaccine verification.  


No nursing, pregnant or sick animals will be treated. The clinic veterinarian, Dr. Shawna Abrams, will have the final say on whether an animal receives the rabies vaccination.  


The clinic will be held in the garage behind the health department. Vaccinations will be given in an enclosed area to avoid pet escapes.  


For more information, contact the Knox County Animal Shelter at 393-6713.
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