Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal.
It is important to have your pets vaccinated because, although a majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, most humans are given rabies vaccine as a result of exposure to domestic animals. While wildlife are more likely to be rabid than are domestic animals, the amount of human contact with domestic animals greatly exceeds the amount of contact with wildlife.
The best way to prevent rabies is to keep your pets’ rabies vaccinations up to date. Dr. Larry Wiggins, D.V.M, is partnering with the S.C. Health Department again this year to sponsor a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, April 30th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. The rabies clinic is being held at the Scotland County Vet Clinic and the cost is $7.00 per shot.