Orange County Offers Free Pet Vaccination Clinic Feb 22 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Orange County Offers Free Pet Vaccination Clinic Feb 22

Jan 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Community Calendar

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and county Health Commissioner Dr. Eli Avila today announced a free rabies vaccination clinic for pets of county residents on February 22 at the Town of Wallkill’s Dennis Cosgrove Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pre-registration for the clinic is recommended. To pre-register your pet for the upcoming clinic, call Town of Wallkill Town Clerk Louisa Ingrassia at 845-692-7826. The clinic is open to cats, dogs and ferrets of Orange County residents only. All pets must be restrained by leash or carrier and proof of prior vaccination should be brought to the clinic for the three-year shot. Please be aware that ferret shots are only good for one year regardless of prior proof of vaccinations.

“Love your pets by getting them vaccinated,” said Neuhaus. “It’s the best way to protect your family and your community against rabies. When it comes to fighting rabies, prevention is essential.”

“Ensuring your family’s pet is properly vaccinated prior to possible exposure is critical to protecting yourself, your pet, and your community from rabies,” said Dr. Avila. “When the family dog or cat is unvaccinated and exposed to rabies it can threaten the lives of all family members.”

In addition to keeping vaccinations current, Dr. Avila offered some easy-to-follow tips to protect against rabies:

Never touch unfamiliar or wild animals.
Avoid direct contact with stray animals. Stray cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies may not have been vaccinated against rabies.
If you are bitten, wash bite wounds with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.
If your pet is bitten, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Do not try to nurse sick or injured wild animals back to health. Call an animal control person or an animal rescue group so they can take care of everything safely.
Make sure your trash cans are secure and do not leave pet food out. You do not want to attract wild animals near your home.

Prompt and appropriate treatment after being bitten and before the disease develops can stop rabies infection and/or prevent the disease in humans and animals. For more information, please call the Orange County Department of Health Environmental Division at 845-291-2331.

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