From The City Of Clifton
The City of Clifton has reached out to us and other veterinarians in our area to support the City in their Dog Licensing Program.
This facility is proactive in recommending rabies vaccinations in both cats and dogs for the health benefit of the general public and for the health and legal benefit of the owner when the pet bites. The City of Clifton only requires dogs to be licensed.
· Licensed dogs are vaccinated against rabies and those with current license tags on their collars are considered generally protected from the disease.
· A licensed dog is a way to ensure the dog gets home safely if it gets lost.
· Dog licensure can be used as proof of ownership for the dog in case it is stolen.
· Dog licensing is mandatory in all New Jersey municipalities and the licensing fee is much less than the fines and penalties of having unlicensed dogs.
· License fees support animal control, animal sheltering and rabies control activities within the municipality.
· Dog licensing fees help also fund testing of suspect rabid wildlife, the State-sponsored municipal rabies program and the State operated low cost spay and neuter program.
City of Clifton’s dog licensing period run from January 1st to December 31st. All dogs six (6) months and older are required to be licensed, as per city ordinance 203-2. The Clifton Health Department offers one (1) and three (3) year licenses. In order for a dog license to be issued, the dog owner must show proof of a valid rabies vaccination from a licensed veterinarian. New Jersey regulation N.J.A.C 8:23A-4.2 requires that the duration of immunity to extend through at least the first 10 months of the 12-month licensing period. In Clifton, to obtain a one (1) year, the rabies expiration must be valid through October 31st of the current year (example 10/31/2017); for a three (3) year license the, rabies expiration must be valid through October 31st of the third year (example 10/31/2017) to obtain a license.
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) recommends revaccination of dogs and cats prior to the expiration of the previous vaccination. Dogs that have duration of immnunity which expires prior to the 10 month cut-off must receive a booster rabies vaccination prior to licensure.
Some signs that your pet needs to see the veterinarians
· Any blue, purple hue to the tongue and gums
· Any difficulty breathing or labored breathing
· Any loss in consciousness
· Bloated abdomen
· Bumps, lumps, ulzers on the body
· Bruising anywhere on the body
· Change in appetite (decreased or increase)
· Change in normal activity level (lethargic, hyperactivity, restlessness, etc)
· Change in urination (location, frequency, amount, color, or smell)
· Clumsy or disoriented behavior
· Coughing (especially at night)
· Crying in pain when touched
· Crying while urinating or defecating
· Excessive drooling
· Excessive hair loss with patches of missing hair
· Nose bleeding
· Parasites (fleas, ticks and intestinal worms)
· Runny eyes or nose
· Skin redness, rash, or other lesion
· Sneezing excessively
· Straining to urinate or defecate
· Sudden collapse
· Sudden inability to move hind legs
· Uncontrolled bleeding
· Unintended weight loss
· Unusual odor (mouth, anus, ect)