ALPENA, Mich.– While many of us wait for our vaccines, Alpena dog owners got shots for their pets.
The County Animal Control provided $10 rabies vaccinations at the Alpena fairground on Saturday.
Veterinarian Craig Blom said the rabies shot is one of the most important vaccines to give your dog.
“It attacks the brain and causes deterioration within the brain. It also goes to the saliva glands. That’s why a bite is what transmits the virus… Once an animal or a human contracts rabies, they cannot survive. They cannot be treated. They will die.”
Because rabies can transmit from dogs to other animals, vaccinating your dog protects yourself and local wildlife.
Animal Control officer Michelle Reid said this is why the shelter offers the vaccine every year.
“Many people want to vaccinate their dog and become Michigan dog law compliant. However, a lot of people can’t even afford the office call at a traditional vet clinic. So I try to offer some low-cost clinics from time to time.”
Reid told WBKB she hopes she can run more affordable clinics in the future.
You can follow Alpena Animal Control for updates on their Facebook page.