Rabies Vaccination Clinic Set for Sept. 27 at South Arundel Veterinary Hospital
South Arundel Veterinary Hospital will host a Rabies Clinic on Friday, September 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The clinic is being held in honor of World Rabies Day, a world-wide event that helps raise awareness for this deadly disease.
Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs and cats to the clinic. Dogs will be given a three-year rabies vaccine while cats will be administered a one-year Purevax vaccine.
The $15 fee includes the vaccine and a brief exam to make sure the animal is healthy prior to receiving the vaccination. Any animal that is coughing, sneezing or otherwise unhealthy will not be vaccinated.
In addition, South Arundel Veterinary will offer Microchips for pets at a discounted price of $20. The cost does not include the chip registration fee.
Owners are asked to bring proof of previous Rabies vaccinations and to fill out a rabies clinic registration form.
No appointments are necessary. Pets should enter and exit through the building’s side entrance. South Arundel Veterinary Hospital is located at 85 West Central Avenue in Edgewater.
In Maryland, all dogs, cats and ferrets four months of age and older are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies.
According to the Anne Arundel County Health Department, rabies is a significant health threat to wild and domestic animals as well as humans. This viral infection, which attacks the central nervous system, lives in the saliva of a rabid animal and is most commonly spread through a bite from an infected animal. In Anne Arundel County, rabies is most often seen in raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks.
In 2013, there were 30 confirmed cases of animal rabies reported in Anne Arundel County including 10 bats, 19 raccoons and one groundhog.