The Prince George’s County Health Department, along with the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division, will provide protection from rabies for pets May 24 and June 7 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., at the Animal Services Facility on 3750 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro.
The protection will be available at the Health Department’s rabies vaccination clinics for pets for $10.00 per vaccination.
“The best way to protect your family and your pet is to keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up-to-date,” County Health Officer Pamela B. Creekmur said. “Therefore, the Prince George’s County Health Department is pleased to offer low cost rabies vaccinations to all Prince George’s County residents. Rabies continues to be a real threat in our community and the health department wants every dog, cat, and ferret to have their required rabies vaccinations.”
Maryland law requires that all cats, dogs and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age, and at certain intervals throughout their lives.
According to the Prince George’s County Health Department, to prevent humans from being exposed to rabies, make sure your pet always has an up-to-date rabies vaccination; confine your cats, dogs, and ferrets to your home or yard, always walk them on a leash; and avoid contact with any wild or stray animals.
Health officials also said to warn children not to play with or approach any unfamiliar animals, even if they appear friendly. Seal off any openings around your house, they added.
Pet owners should keep garbage in tightly closed refuse cans and feed pets inside to help make residential properties unappealing to wild animals.
If bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound immediately with plenty of soap and water and contact a physician, health officials said.
For more information about Health Department rabies clinics or rabies disease, call the Communicable and Vector-Borne Disease Control Program staff at 301-583-3782(TTY/STS Dial 711 for Maryland Relay)