continued The public is advised to take the following steps to protect against rabies: Report any sick or strange acting wildlife. Clinton County 565-4870. Essex County 873-3500. Vaccinate pets and livestock. New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. Vaccinating a domestic animal not only provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people.
Vaccination is also recommended for livestock with frequent human contact, such as horses and cows.
Do not feed wildlife or stray animals and discourage them from seeking food near your home. Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside.
Do not approach an unknown animal, either wild or domestic, especially if it is acting in a strange or unusual manner.
Report all animal bites and any contact with bats to the Health Department in your county. Human rabies can be prevented after exposure to an animal testing positive for rabies by administering a series of shots. Post exposure shots must be approved by local public health authorities.
Children should be instructed to tell an adult immediately if they were bitten or scratched by any wild animal.
To prevent the possible spread of the rabies virus, no one, including trappers and nuisance wildlife rehabilitators, should transport and relocate any wild animals at this time.
If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, the pet must be quarantined for six months. The quarantine must be approved by local public health officials.
Vaccinated pets that come in contact with a rabid or suspected rabies animal must be given a booster rabies vaccination within five days of the contact.
The Clinton County Health Department has already conducted several rabies clinics in the county as part of their regular fall effort. The remaining clinics are as follows: