Posted on April 08, 2022 at 11:21 a.m.
Owning a pet has always been an important part of family dynamics.
According to a 2021-2022 Spots.com survey, 84.9 million Americans have pets in their homes, and 95% of U.S. pet owners consider their pets family.
Unfortunately, people love their pets like family, but don’t see the need to keep their pets’ vaccinations up to date.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pets are much more likely to catch rabies from a wild animal simply because they are smaller, go outside more often, and lack the awareness to stay indoors. difference.
In the United States, more than 90% of reported cases of animal rabies occur in wild animals. Wild animals that most often carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. The CDC warns pet owners if an animal contracts rabies, it may not be immediately apparent, making the risk of transmission to the owner or other animals more likely.
That’s why Samantha Bociulis, DVM of North Warren Animal Hospital, in Blairstown, New Jersey, has partnered with We “R” Wild Pet Food and Supplies LTD in Kresgeville to host a vaccination clinic, where vaccine prices are lower than if you took your pet to a veterinarian.
Keeping pets up-to-date on vaccines is important to protect them from easily preventable, but serious and potentially deadly illnesses, including parvovirus, hepatitis and Lyme disease, according to Bociulis.
“Vaccines provide strong immunity against these diseases and in many cases prevent pets from developing signs of disease and/or can significantly reduce disease severity. For dogs in particular, it’s also important to keep plans up to date for boarding, grooming and training,” she said.
If cost is a factor, try researching shooting clinics that often take place at local pet stores in the area where you live.
“The bare minimum for dog and cat vaccines for a pet owner on a limited income would be a rabies vaccine and ideally a combination canine distemper vaccine,” Bociulis said.
The clinic also provided basic screening blood tests for Lyme disease, heartworm disease and two other tick-borne diseases (Ehrlichia and Anaplasma) for dogs and cats. Tests for feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus (“feline AIDS”) were available.
The office also offers more in-depth blood tests that look at liver and kidney function, cell counts, thyroid level, and electrolytes to provide a good picture of the animal’s systemic health.
“I’m really pleased with the number of people who have come to get their pets vaccinated and hopefully we can hold more clinics,” said Missy Beers, owner of We ‘R’ Wild LTD.
During the three-hour clinic, 36 animals received care.
Jonas’ DJ Palmer pets his dog to calm him down while he waits for his turn to see the vet.
Melissa Volper of East Stroudsburg cuddles up with her beagle Faith Marie while waiting to be called into the clinic area. NEWS AMY LEAP/TIMES
Samantha Bociulis, DVM in black, gives Broadheads volunteer Montanna Coleman information on the vaccines received by the last patient, while across the table Christine Mammi and employee of North Warren Animal Hospital, Blairstown, NJ , answers questions from pet owners. .