Floyd County Environmental Health, along with Floyd County Animal Control and local veterinarians, will conduct a rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs on Sept. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St.
Animals must be healthy, at least twelve weeks of age and on a leash or in a pet carrier. Cost for the rabies vaccination is $10 cash.
Veterinarians from East Rome Animal Clinic, West Rome Animal Clinic, and Mount Berry Animal Hospital will be giving the rabies shots. Floyd County Animal Control staff will be assisting.
According to Floyd County Health Department Environmental Health Manager, Shane Hendrix:
“Rabies is a deadly virus that is always circulating in our wild animal population,” Hendrix said, “and getting your pet vaccinated is the single best way to protect them from rabies.”
As of Sept. 1, Floyd County has had two confirmed cases of animal rabies this year in two raccoons.
The office has also investigated 190 animal-bite cases this year, which included bites to humans as well as domestic pets exposed to wild animals such as raccoons, bats and skunks.
“Your pets and other domestic animals can be infected when they are bitten by rabid wild animals,” Hendrix said. “When ‘spillover’ rabies occurs in domestic animals, the risk to humans is increased. We require pets to be vaccinated against rabies to prevent them from acquiring the disease from wildlife and possibly transmitting it to you. The rabies vaccination protects you, too.”
Hendrix encouraged people with pets to visit their veterinarian and keep rabies vaccination up to date as well as neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted animals. Also, Hendrix asked people call Floyd County Animal Control at 706-236-4537 to remove stray animals from their neighborhood.
For more information about the Sept. 21 rabies vaccination clinic, contact the Floyd County Environmental Health office at 706-295-6316. For additional information about rabies, visit http://www.cdc.gov/rabies or http://nwgapublichealth.org/environmental-health/rabies/.