2010 Public Rabies Vaccination Clinics
All Pet Owners Invited
Dogs and cats – $10
Clinic hours 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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The state of TN believes that rabies is a threat and seems to believe that it’s our pets that put us the most at risk for contracting rabies. They require a rabies vaccine for your pet and the Metro Public Health Department along with the Nashville Academy of Veterinary Medicine offers low cost rabies vaccinations at area schools every March. (They send out notices in utility bills.)
Check with your vet or lawyer to see how often the rabies vaccine is required in your area. There is only one rabies vaccine in the world and that is a 3 year vaccine. Some states and areas within states require the vaccine to be given yearly though.
Overvaccination can cause some serious side effects including cancer, epilepsy and severe allergies. Given that rabies is relatively rare in the US it’s worth studying your options.
Luckily, here in TN, the state accepts blood titers in lieu of a vaccine. Ask your vet about this option. It does cost a bit more than a vaccine but is cheaper than treating cancer, epilepsy or allergies. (I can tell you that from personal experience!)
Some medical professionals believe that Thuja is a type of anecdote to vaccines. You can purchase some at a local health food store and administer it yourself as soon as you get home from the clinic. Crush the pellets in a cup using a spoon and then pour it as far back on your dogs tongue as you can reach. Be sure not to touch it with your hands. The oil from your skin can interfere with the efficacy of homeopathic meds.
If you decide to go ahead with the vaccine, these low cost clinics are an affordable choice. They can be a raucous good time as well, a bit like show and tell pet day in kindergarten.
If you go, expect long lines where you get to see all kinds of cats and dogs and people. If you have 3 pets, take a friend to help you. If you have a shy or aggressive dog (or cat) it’s worth the extra money to make an appointment with your vet and have the vaccine administered one on one.
Make sure that your cats are secure in a carrier and that your dogs’ collar is on tight enough and you are holding your leash properly.
Remember also that the vaccine can be given to healthy pets only, so if your pet is sick or already has a medical condition you may have to wait or get a medical exemption.
If you take your children have some ways to pass the time in mind. Take some crayons and notepads to draw pictures of all the dogs and cats. Play watching games such as;
~how many dogs have curly tails?
~how many cats have long hair?
~how many dogs are sitting?
~how many cats are hissing?
~who has the longest ears, tail, and nose?
~how many different colors can you spot?
~etc, etc, etc.
Keep your pet safe and have some fun at the same time.