The Greene County Health Department is partnering with multiple veterinarians locally to offer low-cost rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats in May. The cost of the one-year vaccination is $10 for each dog and $10 for each cat. The cost of the three-year vaccination is $13 for each dog and $13 for each cat. Tennessee law requires rabies vaccination for dogs and cats.
Vaccinations will be provided at the following locations and times:
“Rabies is a threat to both pets and people in Tennessee, so it’s important all pet owners keep their dogs and cats up to date on rabies vaccinations,” said Regional Medical Director Dr. David Kirschke. “Rabies vaccinations protect us as well as our pets. Pets are more likely than people to come into contact with wild animals that may have rabies and could then spread the virus to people.”
Rabies is transmitted in saliva through the bite of an infected mammal. Rabid animals are not always aggressive. Wildlife may carry the rabies virus without showing any recognizable signs of infection. Any animals that are acting strangely, such as nocturnal animals seen out in the daytime, must be regarded as sick and potentially rabid. If a wild or domestic animal seems sick or acts strangely, report it to your local animal control agency.
People can be exposed to rabies when attempting to help, feed or handle wild animals, so it’s important to avoid touching any wild animal, especially common carriers such as bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes. If you are bitten or come into contact with the saliva of an animal that might have rabies, contact your health care provider.
For more information about the rabies vaccination clinic(s), call the Greene County Animal Control Office at 423-798-1777, Greene County Health Department at 423-798-1749 or your veterinarian’s office.