If you’ve been putting off getting your pet its annual rabies vaccine, you might want to do so today.
Today is the last day that Tugalo Animal Hospital in Lavonia is offering rabies vaccines for $5. It’s part of the animal hospital’s annual participation in World Rabies Awareness Day.
Dr. April Steele of Tugalo Animal Hospital says she has one mission in mind by offering the $5 rabies shots.
“To promote World Rabies Day and the importance of getting even indoor pets against rabies,” Steele said. “Pets can get rabies, livestock can get rabies, humans can get rabies. So it’s very important we get our animals vaccinated and state law requires pets be vaccinated against rabies.”
Last week, the Franklin County Health Department confirmed two separate cases of rabies. One in which a rabid bat tried to attack a woman in Sandy Cross, the other was a rabid skunk who went after a man in the Red Hill Community.
Dr. Steele says that’s why it’s especially important in our rural area top make sure our pets are vaccinated because it’s easy for them as well as our livestock to come in contact with a wild animal carrying the rabies virus.
“We’ve had 21 cases of rabies since last World Rabies Day just in this county,” Steele said. “And 14 have been since January. Although we offer a spring rabies vaccination day with discounted prices, we still have had 21 cases in this county.”
You don’t have to live in Franklin County and your pet doesn’t have to be a patient at Tugalo Animal Hospital to get the $5 vaccine today.
Tugalo Animal Hospital is open today until 5:30p.