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Bristol Hill hosts the next rabies vaccination clinic for pets on August 10

Bristol Hill hosts the next rabies vaccination clinic for pets on August 10

July 29, 2022

There are only a few opportunities left throughout the year for pet owners to bring their pets to an Oswego County rabies vaccination clinic. The Health Department is holding its next clinic from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 at the Bristol Hill Solid Waste Management Facility located at 3125 NYS Rte. 3, Fulton.

“The rabies virus remains active year-round and can infect any mammal,” said Judy Grandy, director of environmental health for the Oswego County Health Department. “The virus is almost always fatal if left untreated. Vaccination of your pets is the most effective protection against the rabies virus.

Beginning Thursday, August 4, residents can call 315-349-3564 to schedule an appointment for the August 10 clinic. Appointments will be scheduled clinic by clinic and announcements will be made before each clinic regarding the opening of the appointment telephone line.

The appointment line will be open weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. until all appointments are filled. Please do not call the answering service after hours to schedule an appointment at the Rabies Clinic.

Those unable to keep their appointment are asked to call back and cancel, so that others may have the opportunity to schedule one of the limited appointments.

The following protocols will be in effect at all clinics:

  • Do not come to the clinic if you or your pet are sick.
  • There is a limit of four pets per family. Only people who handle animals should come to the clinic. Young children are discouraged from entering the building unless absolutely necessary. If children are left in the car, they must be properly supervised.
  • People should control their pets at all times. Pets must be caged and/or kept on a leash with a fixed length no longer than six feet. Cats and ferrets must be in a carrier.
  • Participants are asked to arrive no more than 10 minutes in advance of their appointment and to follow the signs and instructions of the clinic staff.

New York State Public Health Law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. Ferrets should be vaccinated annually. Dogs and cats need a second vaccination within a year of the first, and every three years thereafter.

There is a suggested donation of $7 per animal.

All animal bites, whether from a pet or wild animal, should be reported to the Oswego County Health Department as soon as possible. Health Department staff will work with residents and health care providers to determine if rabies treatment is necessary.

To report an animal bite or seek advice regarding a potential rabies exposure, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3557, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or 315-341-0086 after regular business hours, weekends and holidays. Please do not call the number after hours to schedule a rabies vaccination appointment. Use only for incidents involving potential exposure.

Additional information on rabies is available at https://health.oswegocounty.com/programs/environmental1/rabies_program2.php and www.cdc.gov/rabies.