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Animal bites point out rabies shot importance

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -  Two cases of rabies in Worth County have health officials warning you to vaccinate your pets.

In the two separate cases, dogs fought with raccoons that turned out to have rabies.

The dogs were protected because their vaccinations were up to date. Health officials say pet owners need to be aware that rabies is in our wild animal population.

In addition to raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, bobcats and coyotes often carry the disease. Health officials say the best insurance for your pet is to get them a shot once a year. 

"A rabies vaccination is a very cheap insurance policy insurance policy if you will not only for your pet but for the safety of your family for the possibility of exposure," said Laura Searcy of the Worth County Health Department. "Vaccination, if the pet is not current on their vaccination then we have to recommend euthanasia of the pet or either a very strict six month isolation."

The cost for the rabies vaccine can vary, but averages about $20. Dogs and cats three months and older should be vaccinated.

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