Rabies vaccinations planned for Grafton pets

DoggieDay4A rabies clinic will be held on Saturday, April 6 for Grafton residents’ pets, sponsored by the Grafton Board of Health.

Dr. Richard Rodger will be administering vaccinations to dogs, cats and ferrets at a cost of $15 per animal. A representative from the town clerk’s office will be available, 9-11 a.m. only, to issue licenses for dogs.

The schedule:

Dogs: 9-11 a.m.
Cats (must be in carrier): 11 a.m.-noon
Ferrets (must be in carrier): 9 a.m.-noon

If your pet was vaccinated on or before April 7, 2012 and you have a copy of the rabies certificate with you, this year’s vaccination will be valid for three years.

Rabies is an infectious and contagious diseases that can be transmitted to humans, If untreated, it is 100 percent fatal. Unvaccinated dogs and cats that have been exposed to rabies must be either isolated at an animal hospital for three months or destroyed.

Rabies is present in the wildlife population of Massachusetts, although the virus may not be detected in an area for long periods of time. Vaccination of household pets is the law in Massachusetts.

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