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K-911 will sponsor Rabies Clinic April 29th

Pet owners in Jenkins County will soon have an opportunity to have their pets vaccinated for rabies right here in Millen, instead of having to travel to an out-of-town veterinarian.

Jenkins County K-911 Rescue will sponsor a Rabies Clinic from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29th, in the Cotton Market Park on Cotton Avenue. The cost of vaccinations will be $15 with yearly boosters costing only $10.

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals, usually occurring among wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. The rabies virus travels from the site of the bite up through the nerves until it reaches the brain, causing encephalopathy and ultimately death.

In the United States, rabies occurs primarily in wild mammals such as skunks, raccoons, coyotes, foxes and bats. These animals can sometimes infect domestic dogs, cats and livestock if they bite them, which is why it is important for pet owners to have their pets vaccinated against the virus.

Symptoms of rabies may only occur in the very last stages of the disease. Infected animals may stagger, appear restless, be aggressive, have difficulty walking, seem overly friendly or appear to be choking. It is a misconception that rabid animals may be spotted easily because they drool and foam at the mouth.

The best way to protect pets from rabies is to have them vaccinated. Local pet owners are encouraged to take advantage of this upcoming opportunity.

The Georgia Poison Center is available for rabies consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-282-5846.

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