County residents can get their pets vaccinated for $10. The event is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Health in cooperation with local veterinarians and animal control. It will last at each of 12 locations “until last customer served,” according to a flier.
World Rabies Day is a global event aimed at raising awareness about the impact of rabies as well as offering information regarding prevention in at-risk communities.
What is rabies?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
• Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal that occurs in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
• Domestic animals account for less than 10 percent of the reported cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid.
“In 2018, Tennessee reported 30 animals positive for rabies. Of those 30 animals, there were two raccoons, one dog, six bats, and 21 skunks. Sullivan County reported one skunk for 2018. Johnson County reported one raccoon and Greene County reported three skunks,” said Jerry Taylor, environmental health specialist with the Tennessee Department of Health.
So far in 2019
Since the beginning of this year, there have been 16 positive cases of rabies statewide, Taylor said: Sullivan County has reported three bats positive for rabies; Greene County has reported two skunks positive for rabies; Washington County has reported one dog positive for rabies. Other counties reporting positives include Hamblen, Hamilton, Knox, Polk, Putnam, Rutherford, Williamson, Davidson and Beford counties. To date, seven of those positives have been skunks, six bats, one dog and two raccoons. Taylor said.
Taylor also said it is essential to have all pets, outdoor and indoor, vaccinated against rabies.
Tennessee law requires all dogs and cats 3 months of age and older to receive and maintain rabies vaccinations.
For more information regarding rabies vaccinations for your pets, call Taylor at (423) 279-1616 ext. 4.
Here’s where you can get your pet vaccinated on Sept. 26:
• Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital, 3407 Memorial Blvd.
• Colonial Heights Animal Hospital, 209 Colonial Heights Road
• Indian Ridge Animal Hospital, 1100 Indian Trail Drive
• Roark Animal Clinic, 1205 N. Wilcox Drive
• Sullivan Middle School, performed by Kingsport Veterinary Hospital, 4154 Sullivan Gardens Drive
• Animal Medical Clinic, 2012 W. State St.
• Ferguson Animal Hospital, 636 Anderson St.
• Jones Animal Hospital, 603 Volunteer Pkwy.
• Volunteer Animal Clinic, 2515 Volunteer Pkwy.
• Central High School, by Family Pet Veterinary Hospital, 131 Shipley Ferry Road
In Piney Flats:
• Appalachian Animal Hospital, 5462 Highway 11-E
In Bluff City:
Paws of Hope, 231 Highway 11-E