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Event: '2013 Animal Vaccination Kick-Off Clinic' Print
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Date: Friday, May 17, 2013 At 02:00 PM

Make it a priority to have your pet routinely vaccinated, especially for rabies. In fact, North Carolina law requires rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats and ferrets four months and older.

In April 2013, a family in Wake County experienced the nightmare of having three beloved pets euthanized because of rabies. One of their dogs came in contact with a rabid raccoon, which was reported to local Animal Control officials. The unvaccinated dog tested positive for rabies and had to be put down. Sadly, the other two pets, also not vaccinated, had to be destroyed because of exposure to the sick dog. This unfortunate scenario could have been avoided with routine vaccinations.

Rabies is an animal disease caused by a virus which affects the central nervous system. Common carriers of this disease are raccoons, bats, foxes, and skunks. When an animal is first infected, it may appear healthy and show no signs of infection. After 1–3 months, the virus affects the spinal cord and brain. The animal will begin to display classic symptoms such as change in behavior, aggression, uncoordinated gait, and drooling or "foaming at the mouth.” Once these symptoms occur, the animal dies within days.

Exposure is cause for immediate action. If you are bitten by a possibly rabid animal, wash the wound with soap and water for 15 minutes and then seek immediate medical attention. Your physician will decide if vaccinations will be needed. If your pet is bitten, consult your veterinarian immediately. Local Animal Control should also be notified so the possibly infected animal can be caught and tested for the disease.

Rabies Clinics are held at Moore County locations throughout the year. The 2013 Kick-Off Clinic will be held on Friday, May 17, 2–4 p.m. at the Robin’s Nest pet shop at 130 N. Middleton Street, Robbins, NC 27325. Moore County residency is not required to participate. A one-year rabies shot will cost $5, and drive-through service will be available for those wishing to keep their pet(s) in their vehicle. A veterinarian will be present to answer questions, and information will be available about the low-cost spay/neuter program at the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills located in Vass.

Rabies Clinics are also held on the 4th Friday of each month, from 2 to 4 p.m. at:

Crain’s Creek Fire Department, 4525 Lobelia Road, Vass, NC 28394

Aberdeen Fire Department, 800 Holly Street, Aberdeen, NC 28315

Protect your pet, your family, and your community by having your pets vaccinated. For more information on Rabies Clinics, please call 910-947-2858



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