Low cost rabies clinics
After a decade of calm, local veterinarians are warning that a sharp increase in rabies has raised the alarm.
Ontario has had a problem in some areas with bat rabies, but now an increase in raccoon borne rabies has vets encouraging their clients to be sure and have their pets inoculated.
A low cost rabies clinic is scheduled for September 28, National Rabies Day, at a number of local clinics in Collingwood, Stayner, Wasaga Beach and Creemore.
According to Dr. Jim Bell of the Bellbrae Animal Hospital in Collingwood, there have been no local cases reported as of yet, but according to information that he has received, this latest outbreak may have come by way of an infected raccoon that hitched a ride to Canada from the United States hidden in a truck.
“But there is enough of a concern from the reports from the southern part of the province and we are encouraging pet owners to get their animals vaccinated,” says Bell.
In a report from the provincial ministry of agriculture warns of reports of rabies being reported in the testing of wildlife carcasses collected by the Hamilton animal services in December. It was the first report cases of raccoon-variant rabies detected in south-west Ontario.
Bell says that the Ministry of Natural Resources regularly distributes vaccine-laced bait traps in the wild to try and inoculate the thousands of skunks, raccoons and foxes.
Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all cats and dogs in Simcoe Muskoka. Untreated, rabies is normally fatal.
Cost at the Rabies Clinics is $25 per animal, cash only, the dogs must be on a leash and cats restrained. All animals must be over three months of age. Other treatments or examinations must be done at another visit.
Participating clinics are Creemore Veterinary Services 2 PM - 7 PM,110 Francis St. East in Creemore, Balsam Veterinary Office, from 2 PM - 5:30 PM, 20 Balsam Street, Unit 1, Collingwood, Bellbrae Animal Hospital, from 2 PM - 7 PM. 4538 County Road 124, Collingwood, Abernant Veterinary Services, 2 PM - 7 PM, 6725 Highway 26, Stayner and Wasaga Beach Veterinary Clinic, 9 AM - 2 PM, 1531 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach