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Rabies Prevention: The prevention of rabies in this state is an urgent health issue. Residents are required by law to vaccinate cats and dogs. Fredon Township holds a free rabies clinic for dogs and cats in April and November. Free rabies clinics are held in most other Townships in Sussex County at different times of the year (advertised in local newspapers). Any resident of the State and neighboring counties may use any of these facilities.
Local veterinarians will vaccinate animals for a fee of approximately $15. Dogs and cats are eligible for rabies vaccination at the age of four months. The initial shot has a duration of only one year. Subsequent shots are for three years. Do not allow a puppy or kitten outside unsupervised until it has received a vaccination. There have been numerous documented cases of rabies in raccoons, skunks, etc. in Fredon Township. Residents, especially children, are urged not to handle or approach any wild animals or stray dogs and cats. If a person is bitten or scratched, they should immediately wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention. In many cases, a series of injections are recommended as a precautionary measure. Also, it is very important to vaccinate domestic animals such as horses, sheep, etc. Questions should be directed to the Fredon Township Board of Health at 973-383-7025, Ext. 31 or Sussex County Health Department at 973-579-0370.
Lyme Disease – Lyme Disease is still prevalent in this area. Residents are encouraged to use insect repellent when working outdoors. Also, pets should be treated with flea and tick medication so that ticks will not come into the home. Pamphlets regarding Lyme Disease are available at the municipal building.
Bear Awareness – Pamphlets are available concerning “Encountering Bears” at the Township Municipal Office. Bear sightings have become much more prevalent in the past few years and it is important to know how to deal with them.