AnimalKind's mission is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs in North Carolina shelters.
On April 25, AnimalKind is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States, Bonnie’s Animal Rescue Kingdom (B.A.R.K.) and Caswell Pet Lifeline (CPL) to put on a Yanceyville Vaccination Clinic. Veterinary professionals at the clinic will be administering rabies vaccines free of charge for cats and dogs. Additionally, parvovirus/distemper and FVRCP vaccines will be offered for the low cost of $3. Pre-registration for this event is not required.
Fellow pet owners, we are incredibly lucky that there are so many vaccines available to keep our cats and dogs healthy and happy. While there are some risks associated with animal vaccinations, it is very important that your pet be vaccinated to prevent potentially life-threatening illnesses, like distemper and rabies.
Canine distemper is a very contagious and serious disease with no known cure, which is why the vaccination is so important. The virus is spread through the air through direct or indirect contact (such as using the same bedding or water bowl as an infected animal). Distemper attacks a dog’s respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Symptoms include tiredness, anorexia, coughing, vomiting and diarrhea. In dogs with weaker immune systems, the disease can be fatal. Feline distemper can be even more serious; the disease aggressively attacks a cat’s blood cells, making them incredibly vulnerable to other bacteria and viruses. Symptoms are similar to those of the canine strain. The distemper virus is very resistant and can survive in an infected area for years, making vaccination the best way to prevent the disease.
Rabies is a dangerous disease that affects the brain and spinal cord; it is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal (most frequently through an animal bite). Once rabies is detected in an animal or human, it is almost 100 percent fatal – there are no treatments. That is a scary statistic, because symptoms of rabies take a while to develop, so animals can carry the disease for months without you knowing about it. Symptoms that may show are aggression, loss of appetite, weakness and disorientation. Vaccination is key, and in many areas of the country (including NC), it’s law. Rabies is on the rise among cats, so make sure to get your cat vaccinated as soon as possible.
We understand that keeping your pet up-to-date with its vaccinations is expensive. We hope that by offering vaccination clinics such as the Yanceyville Clinic, more pet owners will be able to afford to costs and prevent these terrible diseases in their beloved animals. The Yanceyville Clinic will be held at the VFW Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, click here.
-Paige Plumblee, UNC AnimalKind Volunteer