Shot clinic

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Clay County Humane Society will conduct a Pet Shot Clinic from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, at the Forest Park Pavilion.

All shots are $10 each. The four shots available for dogs include the canine 5-in-1 vaccine, Lyme disease, Bortella and rabies.

The three shots for cats include the feline 3-in-1 vaccine, feline leukemia and rabies vaccine.

For more information, call 446-5126.

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  • Many people think that once their pet has had their puppy or kitten "shots" that they don't need any more. They are not like human children immunizations that they get periodically between birth and 5 years of age. The immunizations dogs and cats get are more like the "flu shots" people have to get on yearly basis for protection but the diseases our pets get can be more debilitating. They must be started early and boostered periodically as they do not last their entire lives.

    Rabies is required by law as it is a disease that is transmissible to humans and once symptoms appear can NOT be cured even though there is treatment IF you know or think you have been exposed. A man in southern Indiana died last year from rabies. Cats are actually more apt to contract rabies due to their hunting habits but dogs who are roamers [against the law but that's another subject]can also come upon a rabid animal...and you won't even know about it.

    There have been some debates in the veterinary field over the need for annual immunizations so some owners opt to have blood testing performed to see if their pet still has immunity from previous immunization before they get another..BUT that testing is far more costly than the shot itself so most elect to just give them annually and if they have a reaction [most times slight fever and lethargy]just elect to have the different ones given on different days.

    So please get your pet immunized for their sake AND for the sake of your loved ones who come in contact with them. Besides rabies and the human involvement, there is nothing more heartwrenching than seeing your pet suffer from parvo, rhino, or another preventable disease. Besides you can treat an entire household of pets for what it would cost to treat one dog with parvo. Great insurance policy against unnecessary expense and heartache.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 8:54 AM
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