REPORTING: RABBIT ZIELKE
The Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department has teamed up with Hamilton County Veterinary Medical Association to provide rabies vaccination clinics for the pets of Hamilton County residents. These clinics provide rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats. All of the veterinarians providing services at these clinics have donated their time to help reduce rabies.
Rabies is a viral infection most often found in wild animals. It can be spread through saliva and is typically transmitted through a bite. Rabies affects wild and domesticated animals and can also be transmitted to humans through animal bites. According to the Center for Disease Control, the symptoms of rabies in humans are very common and typical of many diseases in early onset such as fever, headache and discomfort. As the infection attacks the nervous system other symptoms develop. Rabies can be fatal to a human if not treated within a few days.
The Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department has been hosting Rabies Vaccination Clinics to help reduce the potential for rabies and protect public health. These clinics offer rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs at a cost of $12 per animal. You can find a list of clinic locations at the Hamilton County website. You can also register your cat or dog with the county and local municipalities at most of the clinic sites. Annual rabies vaccination and pet licensing are both required by Tennessee state law for all cats and dogs. By law, every dog three months and over must wear their tags. You must provide proof of rabies vaccination to obtain the tags.
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