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Some Hawkins animal hospitals offering $10 rabies shots throughout May

STAFF REPORT • May 11, 2019 at 9:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE – The Hawkins County Health Departments in Church Hill and Rogersville are partnering with local veterinarians to offer low-cost rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats throughout the month.

The cost of the vaccination is $10 for each pet.

Tennessee law requires rabies vaccination for dogs and cats.

Among the locations offering $10 rabies shots throughout May are:

* Church Hill Vet Hospital, 170 S. Central Avenue, Church hill (256-2882). The best drop-in times are M-F 8-9:45 a.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.; and Saturday 8-11:30 a.m.

* Dog and Cat Depot, 318 Farside Drive, Rogersville (347-2000). Best drop-n times are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* Mount Carmel Pet Hospital, 204 W. Main Street, Mount Carmel (357-4221). Best drop-in times are M-S 9-11 a.m., and M-F 2-4 p.m.

On May 15 Dr. B’s Healthy Pets, 5276 Hwy 11-W, Rogersville (293-0199) will offer $10 rabies shots 9 a.m. to noon.

On May 18 Rogersville Animal Hospital, 650 W. Broadway Street, Rogersville (272-7320) will offer $10 rabies shots 8:30 a.m. to noon.

“Rabies is a threat to both pets and people in Tennessee, so it’s important all pet owners keep their dogs and cats up to date on rabies vaccinations,” said Tennessee Regional Medical Director Dr. David Kirschke. “Rabies vaccinations protect us as well as our pets. Pets are more likely than people to come into contact with wild animals that may have rabies and could then spread the virus to people.”

Rabies is transmitted in saliva through the bite of an infected mammal.

Rabid animals are not always aggressive.

Wildlife may carry the rabies virus without showing any recognizable signs of infection.

Any animals that are acting strangely, such as nocturnal animals seen out in the daytime, must be regarded as sick and potentially rabid.

If a wild or domestic animal seems sick or acts strangely, report it to your local animal control agency.

People can be exposed to rabies when attempting to help, feed or handle wild animals, so it’s important to avoid touching any wild animal, especially common carriers such as bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes.

If you are bitten or come into contact with the saliva of an animal that might have rabies, contact your health care provider.

For more information about the rabies vaccination clinic(s), call the Church Hill Health Department at (423) 357-5341 or the Rogersville Health Department at (423) 272-7641.

Learn more about rabies online at http://tn.gov/health/article/rabies and www.cdc.gov/rabies/.

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