Submitted by the Murray County 4-H Club
Every year at this time people get attacked and bitten by rabid animals. These incidents remind us that rabies still is a very real problem in Murray and Whitfield counties.
All pet owners are required by law to have all dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies. On Saturday, April 27, the annual Murray County Rabies Clinic will be held and all pet owners should take advantage of this economical and convenient way to have their animals vaccinated.
Rabies, sometimes called Hydrophobia, is a disease which attacks all warm blooded animals, including man. It is caused by a “virus” — a very tiny germ. The germ is often present in the saliva or slobber of the rabid or mad animal, which gets into the body usually through a bite. The virus reaches the brain by traveling along nerves and produces insanity and paralysis. The rabid animal always dies.
Few humans in Georgia die of rabies, but annually many hundreds of persons are bitten by rabid or suspected rabid animals and receive antirabic treatment. To prevent the loss of a family dog or cat to rabies, they need to be vaccinated.
The annual rabies clinic is sponsored by the Murray County 4-H Club, the Murray County Veterinary Service and RTK Veterinary Service. The cost of the rabies shot is $10 each. Distemper and Parvo Virus shots will be given in combination and cost $20. Cats and dogs should be three months old. Cats must be in a cage to receive their shots. A portion of the proceeds help children in need attend 4-H summer camps.
• Team 1: Murray County Vet Service (Duvall Road), 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Team 2: RTK Veterinary Clinic (Georgia 225/U.S. 76, Central), 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Team 3: Northwest Elementary (Georgia 225 North), 9 to 10 a.m.; Woodlawn Elementary School, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.; Old Eton Elementary School, 11 a.m. to noon; Ramhurst (next to cemetery), 12:30 to 1 p.m.; Tractor Supply (parking lot), 1:30 to 3 p.m.