COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – The SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and veterinarians are partnering this spring to get pets vaccinated against rabies.
DHEC says participating vets will vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets. They say fees may vary but no participating vet will charge more than $10.
SC state law requires pet owners must vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets, according to DHEC.
DHEC also recommends vaccinating horses and other livestock that has frequent contact with humans.
“In 2016, there were 94 positive cases of rabies confirmed in animals across the state including 43 raccoons, 18 skunks, 11 foxes, 10 bats, six cats, four dogs, one horse, and one deer. No cases of rabies were confirmed in animals last year in Abbeville, Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Kershaw, Marion, Marlboro, or Williamsburg counties. Positive rabies cases have been reported in every county in our state since the statewide program began,” according to DHEC.