Since the 1973 pet owners in South Carolina have been able to get rabies shots for their pets during spring and summer rabies clinics for only $3 a shot. The South Carolina House is considering a bill that would change that, leaving it up to local veterinarians to charge what they deem is reasonable.
Bill sponsor Dennis Moss, a Republican from Cherokee County, says it’s time for a change.
It started off at $1 and in 1973 was raised to $3. There was concern that some vets were losing money. Some didn’t want to participate. The number of shots given under DHEC have been going down the last few years. If veterinarians are allowed to increase the price, more vets would be likely to participate.
Moss says if the proposal passes, they will take a look at the clinics later this year, and cap the fee if necessary.
State law requires that dogs, cats and ferrets receive rabies shots once a year.
Moss says currently veterinarians are required to give rabies shots themselves during the clinics, sponsored by the Department of Health and Environmental control. Moss says the legislation would allow someone other than the vets to give the shots.
There are backlogs for the clinics in some places, and vets were bombarded with people bringing in their pets. So another person in the vet’s office, a tech, will be able to administer the shot.