LCAS Offers Low-Cost Rabies, Microchip Clinic For Dogs and Cats Sept. 30

LCAS Offers Low-Cost Rabies, Microchip Clinic For Dogs and Cats Sept. 30

Loudoun County Animal Services will offer a low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic for cats and dogs  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30.

The rabies vaccination and microchip clinic will be at the animal shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike in Waterford.

The clinic will offer one-year and three-year options of the rabies vaccine. Rabies vaccinations will be provided for dogs and cats 12 weeks and older. For cats, the cost is $10 per cat for either the one-year and three-year vaccine. For dogs, the cost is $20 per dog for the one-year vaccine or $40 per dog for the three-year vaccine. The cost for dogs is higher because it includes a county-required license. Licensed dogs will automatically be renewed and unlicensed dogs will receive a new license at no extra cost. Microchips are $15 per pet and are not required to be purchased with a vaccine. Pet owners should bring cash or check for payment.

Cats should be in carriers and dogs must be on a fixed leash (no retractable “flexi” leashes). Owners wishing to purchase a three-year vaccine must bring proof of prior vaccination for review by the veterinarian.

Virginia requires all cats and dogs four months and older to be regularly vaccinated against rabies. The majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife but when people are exposed to rabies, it is usually the result of an encounter with an infected domestic animal. Rabies is potentially contagious to pets and humans, and, when left untreated, the virus is almost always fatal. However, high rates of vaccination have led to a decline in the disease nationwide. Dogs and cats should be vaccinated against rabies, at a minimum, every three years.

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Joseph Dill