Milton drive-thru clinic offers low-cost rabies vaccine for dogs, cats

Pensacola News Journal
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Inexpensive rabies vaccines for dogs and cats will be available later this week at a drive-through clinic in Milton.

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County and veterinarians from Pace Veterinary Clinic and Ark Animal Hospital will be offering admissions on Friday from 4pm to 6pm at Santa Rosa County Animal Services, 4451 Pine Forest Road, Milton.

The vaccine costs $ 10 per animal and can be paid for by cash or check. Owners should bring a driver’s license when paying by check.

All animals must be secured in the vehicle. Cats should be secured in a transport box and given the vaccine in a room in the shelter.

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A vaccination certificate and a rabies stamp are issued for all animals.

For more information about the clinic, contact Tom Verlaan at 850-983-5200 ext 2278 or Matt Dobson at 850-983-5200 ext 2233.

The clinic will be offered approximately three months after the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County issued a rabies alert for the East Milton area on July 9th.

The warning, which was in place for 60 days, came after a raccoon tested positive for rabies in the area.

Health Department officials at the time warned that all Santa Rosa County residents and visitors should know that rabies is present in the wildlife population and pets are at risk if they are not vaccinated or if their vaccinations are not up to date.

Rabies is a nervous system disorder and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans. An animal infected with rabies may appear sick or lethargic, have difficulty swallowing, or salivate excessively. A wild animal may appear tamer than usual, although some animals have no visible symptoms.