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Mobile County Health Department to host drive-thru clinics for rabies shots

The Mobile County Health Department will provide low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets at weekend drive-thru clinics in April.

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, according to a press release from the health department, the events will be drive-thru clinics only. The cost of the rabies vaccine is $12 in cash per pet. In addition to these MCHD events, Town & Country Animal Hospital will host a rabies drive-thru clinic on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rosa Lott Middle School in Citronelle.

MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated a total 187 household pets during rabies clinics in February, the department said.

Auburn University said in a press release that rabies is easily preventable, yet almost always fatal. It is a disease of the nervous system and transmission is most common through saliva. Transmission of the disease most often occurs through animals in the wild. Taking preventative measures against the disease is key to staying rabies free, the university said. Symptoms of rabies are nervousness, anxious behavior, hyperexcitability, salivation, and sometimes incoordination as well as paralysis. Once an animal has rabies, there is no cure.

• April 3 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile

• April 9 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile

• April 10 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile

• April 17 (Saturday), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Kuddles-N-Kisses, 11120 Meadow Lark Road in Grand Bay

• April 24 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, City of Prichard Animal Shelter, 2402 Rebel Road

For more information about rabies, its symptoms and its treatments, visit www.aces.edu.