If your pet is then found overdue or not vaccinated for rabies, there can be serious consequences such as a fine or lengthy quarantine period.
In the most unfortunate circumstances, your pet may be required to be humanely euthanized if it is acting ill or if it has an unexplained wound.
The reason for this extreme measure is because there is no way to test a living animal for rabies and protection of public health is of greatest concern.
As an animal lover, I hate to see an animal euthanized because it is not current on its rabies vaccine, but sadly this happens too often.
Obtaining a rabies vaccine for your pet is easy and inexpensive. The Cazenovia Animal Hospital has a walk-in rabies clinic every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. or to schedule an appointment call 655-3409.
The Madison County Health Department holds rabies clinics on a regular basis. For more information on clinics or rabies, see their website, healthymadisoncounty.org.
Dr. Anne Weiskotten Galton is a veterinarian at Cazenovia Animal Hospital. She can be reached through the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.