Stock photo: Nurse gives rabies shot
(Summerfield, NC) -- The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting that a fox found on Grace Williams Road in Summerfield tested positive for the rabies virus September 24, 2012. This is the 20th case of confirmed animal rabies in 2012. One person was exposed to the fox.
North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated. Even animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack your pets. Pets that do not have current rabies vaccinations and come in contact with a rabid animal must be euthanized or confined at the owner's expense for at least six months at a veterinary facility.
The easiest and most cost effective way to protect your family and your pet's safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies.
Guilford County Animal Control is continuing their 2012 rabies clinics. Rabies vaccinations will cost five dollars ($5.00) and will protect your pet for one calendar year. A new feature for this year's clinics will be that if a veterinarian is on site and a person brings their pet's vaccination certificate from last year, a three year rabies vaccination can be obtained for an additional cost.
Rabies clinic locations include:
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920 Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Oak Ridge Town Park, 6231 Lisa Drive, Oak Ridge, NC 27310