Cabin Point Veterinary Hospital held a rabies clinic on Saturday morning which ran from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The table was set up in Waverly and rabies shots were being offered to pet owners with dogs and cats. Shots were $9 per animal. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Dale Cupp was in attendance at the clinic.
“I grew up with horses from the time I was three years old,” Cupp said. “It was always in my career thoughts to be a veterinarian. From the time I was six or seven years old I was delivering pigs.”
Cupp was in Yorktown for 25 years and moved to the area 18 years ago to retire. Although his retirement plans didn’t go the way he had hoped. He has been working with horses for 12 different counties. Overall, he has been working in veterinary medicine for 46 years and currently works with Cabin Point which is located on Cabin Point Road.
The clinic was scheduled to run regardless of the weather. Dogs were required to be on leashes and cats were required to be in a carrier. If available, owners needed to have proof of their pets’ vaccinations. In addition to charging for the rabies shots, donations were also being accepted for their animal shelter.
“We’ve seen rabies dogs,” Cupp said. “Seven or eight years ago, we had a horse that had rabies at our hospital. We’re very familiar with it.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies over the last 100 years has changed dramatically. More than 90 percent of reported cases in animals happen in the wild. The number of Human deaths which can be linked to rabies has declined from more than 100 annually at the turn of the century to one or two per year in the 1990. Modern day prophlyaxis has a proven success rate of almost 100 percent.
Estimated public health costs for rabies associated disease detection, prevention and control have risen, exceeding $300 million annually. Cupp said that the $9 rabies shots clinic were being done in two different places in Sussex, one in Stony Creek, and the Saturday morning one in Waverly. They also did a clinic in Surry a couple of months ago.
“We do this in affiliation with animal control,” Cupp said. “I don’t think there’s a leash law here, but you still have to make sure that your animals are in control. You don’t need them to run down the street and have them get run over and hurt. You don’t need them exposed to animals that have not been vaccinated. If you’ve got a yard, I would always recommend that they be in a fenced in yard of some sort, and not roaming free.”
Cupp’s veterinary hospital in Disputanta is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
“This area has a lot of hunting dogs,” Cupp said. “There’s going to be dogs running loose from time to time but it’s just the health situation. You don’t need your child getting bitten by somebody else’s dog coming through your yard.”