According to an article in the Ontario Farmer the Collage of Veterinarians or Ontario (CVO) now PERMITS Vets to administer Rabies shots to dogs that are not '”regular clients”. Those of us who own dogs and are out in the country where rabies can be more of a problem know that the longstanding annual rabies clinics, whereby owners could have their dogs vaccinated quickly and inexpensively, have been discontinued a few years ago apparently due to the Vets or the CVO 'regulations. The article says that the vets were permitted to administer such shots at a clinic at a fire hall or “non accredited facility” but until now not at their own practice unless the dog was “a regular client” (this despite it being common practice for years).
Sounds totally bizarre to me, but now they are “permitted” to
do so, whether or not this will mean the reinstatement of those
regular rabies clinics which so may dog owners, who would otherwise
not not bother, took their dogs to remains unclear.
Nor it is clear if those 'non regulars' will be charged for a full
examination or will be able to just get their animal given the shot
at nominal cost (it used to be $20 or $25) or the $150 or so that
almost any Vet charges for a typical visit. I note also that the
“rabies program” was downloaded from the Feds to the Province
about 18 months ago but despite it being legislated that “all cats
and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies by age 3 months” neither
level of government (or the CVO) seems much interest in providing an
inexpensive way in which to encourage owners to get this done.
I do hope that this change in the “rules” will mean that next
year ALL veterinary operations (both small and large animal) will
participate in a 'rabies clinic day' where owners can get this
important public health program carried out at reasonable cost.
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