Free rabies clinics offered

T he Washington County Department of Public Health will hold a series of rabies clinics over the next eight months.

The first of these clinics, which are completely free, will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the Salem Town Barn on Rexleigh Road. A second clinic will be held on Saturday, April 13, at the Whitehall Town Highway Garage.

Other clinics will be held throughout the county on a monthly basis through November. All clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A complete schedule of clinics is available at www.co.washington.ny.us.

Experts recommend that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated one year later, and every three years thereafter. Ferrets should be also be vaccinated at 3 months old and then every year thereafter.

Anybody attending one of the clinics is asked to bring proof of any previous rabies vaccinations.

Vaccines are administered in accordance with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians. All pets need to be on a leash or in a carrier.

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