March 3, 2017

Low-cost rabies clinic set for March 18

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 3, 2017) โ€“ Clermont County Public Health is teaming up with Dr. Jerry Miller of Lifetime Pet Center in New Richmond to offer a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic. The clinic will take place from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Grant Career Center, 718 West Plane St., Bethel. The fee isย $5 cash.

Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of an infected animal. In 2016, a bat that was found inside a Clermont County home tested positive for rabies. That was the first time since 201, that the county had a positive rabies case. In Ohio, 36 bats and five raccoons tested positive in 2016.

In 2016, Clermont County Public Health investigated 338 animal bites, most of which were from dogs. โ€œThe best way to protect your pets from rabies is to keep their vaccinations current,โ€ said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. โ€œRabies cases in pets are rare because of the success of the vaccine, but if your pet is not vaccinated and becomes exposed, it is 100% fatal,โ€ said Nesbit.

Pets will receive a one-year vaccine at the clinic. Pet owners who bring documentation of their petโ€™s vaccination status from their veterinarian can receive a three-year vaccination. In order to receive a shot, animals must be in good health and must be on a leash or in a carrier.

โ€œLast year we vaccinated 99 pets, and weโ€™d love to increase that number this year,โ€ said Nesbit.

For more information on the clinic, call Clermont County Public Health at 513-732-7499.

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For more information contact Keith Robinson, at 513-732-7717 or ktrobinson@clermontcountyohio.gov.