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Low-cost rabies vaccine clinics for pets returning to Simcoe Muskoka area – Barrie

To assist shield pets and their homeowners, low-cost rabies vaccine clinics are returning to Simcoe County, Ont., later this month.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Well being Unit stated the low-cost rabies clinics are an inexpensive technique to get rabies pictures for canines and cats over three months outdated.

Low-cost rabies clinics are provided yearly by native veterinarians who give their time to function the clinics.

“Cats and canines are a part of the household, and vaccinating them in opposition to rabies protects them and the human members of your loved ones,” stated Felicia Ratiu, rabies program coordinator on the well being unit.

“Vaccinating pets in opposition to rabies can also be required by legislation, and these clinics are an inexpensive possibility for pet homeowners.”


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The primary clinic shall be held on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Tottenham, with extra clinics in Barrie, Oro-Medonte, Penetanguishene and Thornton, by way of to Oct. 29.

Pet homeowners can select a one or three-year vaccine, relying on the animal’s vaccination standing.

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Earlier than attending the clinics, the well being unit recommends pet homeowners communicate with their vet to find out if their pet is eligible and ask that they create their pet’s earlier vaccination certificates to assist decide which vaccine is greatest for his or her animal.

The low-cost clinics assist hundreds of pets get vaccinated in opposition to rabies yearly.

Due to rabies vaccination, the well being unit stated, together with the baiting of untamed raccoons, skunks and foxes and public consciousness, Ontario’s incidence of rabies is decrease than many different areas in North America.

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Along with vaccinating pets, well being officers suggest folks not let their cats or canines roam free and to maintain them indoors at evening. Additionally they encourage folks to keep away from unfamiliar canines and cats, in addition to all wildlife, together with bats.


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Rabies is a deadly illness that may unfold to people who’re bitten or scratched by an contaminated animal.

In 2021, well being unit employees investigated 1,603 animal publicity incidents, a lot of which resulted in rabies vaccines for folks as a precaution.

Anybody unable to attend the restricted low-cost clinic areas may also contact their native veterinarian to rearrange to get their pet vaccinated.

For clinic occasions and dates, go to the well being unit web site or name Well being Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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