Community Rabies Vaccination & Microchip Clinic
Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinics in 2018
In 2018, pet owners have two opportunities to attend walk-in vaccination and microchip clinics. These clinics will be held at Loudoun County Animal Services, located at 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197.
The clinics are for publically owned dogs and cats as young as 12 weeks. Pet owners should bring their cats in carriers and dogs must remain on a leash of six feet or less. No flexi-leads, please. We recommend bringing any prior vaccination records, but records are not required. LCAS can accept cash and check as forms of payment. Have questions? Email Us!
2018 Clinic Dates
- April 15, 2018
- September 30, 2018
Additional information will be posted closer to the clinic dates including time, vaccines and services offered, as well as pricing.
Additional Information About the Rabies Vaccine and Microchips
For the safety of pets
and people, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires all cats and dogs over the
age of four months to be regularly vaccinated against rabies. The majority of
rabies cases occur in wildlife but when people are exposed to rabies, it is usually
the result of an encounter with an infected domestic animal. Rabies is
potentially contagious to pets and humans, and, when left untreated, the virus
is almost always fatal. However, high rates of vaccination have led to a
decline in the disease nationwide. Dogs and cats should be vaccinated against
rabies, at a minimum, every three years.
Microchipping is a safe,
permanent way of identifying pets should they ever be found by Animal Services
or a veterinary office. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of
rice. It is implanted under the skin in the area around the shoulders through a
needle. The procedure is no more invasive than a vaccination shot, and requires
no anesthesia or recovery time. Once implanted, the number on the chip is registered with the owner's information. The microchip can be read by a scanner (similar to a bar code scanner) and provides a unique number for animal shelters, veterinarians, and rescues to trace the microchip back to the owner in order to reunite them with their pet.