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Rabies is a dangerous virus. There is no cure for it and it’s almost always fatal, according to americanhumane.org.

To avoid the disease, it’s important to get your pets vaccinated.

Lucky for area pet owners, area vet clinics are offering rabies vaccinations at a discounted rate of $12 on Saturday as part of Rabies Awareness Day. It’s something all pet owners should take advantage of if their pets are due for their vaccination.

And animal lovers do not have to go to a clinic either as Dr. John Caldwell of Animal Care Center is taking his services on the road for two stops in northern Tallapoosa County, something he has done since 1983.

Caldwell will be at Daviston Fire Department from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and at Hall’s Propane in New Site from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. for a drive-thru vaccination.

“Rabies is endemic,” Caldwell said. “There is a real push to get all dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated.”

Rabies usually infects wild animals, but it can also infect domesticated animals and humans. Caldwell said it is recommended to get all animals vaccinated, even horses.

“It is serious if a human contracts rabies,” Caldwell said. “It causes an inflammation of the brain. It is treatable, but it will hit you in the pocketbook as treating a suspected rabid bite. It cost monstrous amounts. The vaccination is a good investment.”

We think it’s a great thing vets are offering and Caldwell on the road is convenient as well.

If you have pets that need vaccinating, get out and take care of that Saturday. Their lives depend on it.