Three skunks have tested positive for rabies in Benton County, Ark. In order to help prevent the spread of this disease to domestic animals and pets, the City of Centerton will host a rabies clinic on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The event will take place at Centerton Lake, just off Route 102. Local vets will be at the clinic to provide low-cost rabies vaccinations. It is important to get your pets vaccinated. A total of 78 animals have tested positive in 2014.
What is rabies
Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of warm-blooded animals. It is most common in mammals. The disease is most often spread when an infected animal bites another animal or person. Rabies is usually fatal--unless treatment is provided soon after exposure. In Arkansas, the rabies virus is carried by wild skunks and bats. Any mammal can contact rabies after exposure to infected wildlife. This includes domestic pets like dogs and cats, agricultural animals, and people.
Vaccination laws in Arkansas
Arkansas law requires the vaccination of all dogs and cats by four months of age. The vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Booster shots are required in order to keep your dog and cat protected. Dogs can be vaccinated with a one-year or three-year vaccination. It is a good idea to talk with your vet about the best vaccination options for your pet. Cats are required to have vaccinations too. Even indoor cats should have a rabies vaccination.
In many municipalities, you must register your pet yearly and provide proof of rabies vaccination when you fill out the registration form. The vaccinations can get expensive, that is why many cities and towns hold clinics to help reduce that expense.
The clinic will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Vaccinations cost $7.00 per pet. Parking is next to the lake, behind Sonic. To get to Centerton Lake, take Route 102 into Centerton and turn into Sienna Estates, just next to Sonic. Parking is to the left of the lake. Dogs must be leashed and cats should be in carriers. You will be able to get your dogs licensed as well. Bring cash or a check. No credit or debit cards accepted.
Lynda Altman has resided in Centerton with her family and three shelter dogs for the past six years. She has seen Centerton almost double in size since that time. Lynda enjoys the rural setting of Centerton and hope that the city does not become too big, too fast.