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Rabies Clinic & Information

The Benton County Health Clinic sponsors an annual rabies clinic (usually in March or April)

It is Arkansas state law to have dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

Rabies State Laboratory

Area veterinarians reduce their cost for rabies vaccinations for both dogs and cats. Some veterinarians will also offer regular vaccinations at reduced rates at "walk-up" clinics. They do rural routes in remote areas of the county.

A licensed veterinarian must vaccinate all domestic animals annually for rabies.

The Rabies Control Act states that all dogs and cats four months of age or older are required to have a rabies vaccination given by a licensed veterinarian. Currently no age limit is specified for initial vaccinations. Regardless of the age of the animal at initial vaccination, a booster vaccination should be administered one year later to ensure immunity to the rabies virus. In other words, dogs and cats, regardless of age, must receive 2 rabies vaccinations approximately one year apart. After these initial "booster vaccinations", then the pet may continue receiving the rabies vaccination at 1 to 3 year intervals depending on the type of vaccine used. Both one-year and three-year duration vaccines are available. After the initial two vaccinations, if a veterinarian administers a one-year licensed rabies vaccine, the pet will need to be revaccinated one year later. If a three-year vaccine is chosen, then the pet will be required to be revaccinated three years later. Pet owners should ask their veterinarian if a one-year or three-year vaccine was used to vaccinate their animals.

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects the brain and nerves.

Arkansans and their pets can get rabies from the bite or scratch of a rabid animal.

They can also be infected by getting a rabid animal’s saliva in the eyes, nose, mouth, or an open wound.

All warm-blooded animals can get rabies. However, some animals are more likely to become infected than others.

Animals that are a high risk for spreading rabies include:

Bats

Skunks

Foxes

Coyotes

Raccoons

Vaccinating dogs and cats against rabies not only protects pets, it also provides a barrier of protection between humans and wildlife.