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Pet health fair stresses importance of vaccinations

Pet health fair stresses importance of vaccinations
Dr. Somer Pieper, veterinarian at Mitchell Valley Animal Hospital gives a dog a vaccine shot at the annual Panhandle Humane Society Pet Fair at the YMCA Trails West Pavilion. KNEB/RRN/Guzman

The Panhandle Humane Society held its fourth annual Pet Health Fair on May 24, at the YMCA Trails West Pavilion.

The public lined up with their cats and dogs, way before the clinic opened.

“This is just a way for us to help citizens in our community who support us to try to get them help for their pets,” said PHS Executive Director Cathy McDaniel. “We really try to help those that might not be able to otherwise vaccinate their pets, because it is so important.”

Returning to the fair was Veterinarian Dr. Somer Pieper, owner of Mitchell Valley Animal Hospital and her staff.

“It’s very important to get your cats and dogs vaccinated,” she said. “We do occasionally see rabies in our area.”

The pet fair saw more than 300 pets last year and this year, PHS added another veterinarian Dr. Jerry Upp of Midtown Animal Hospital to the event.

With summer here Upp gave some advice on allergies another common ailment for pets over the summer.

“They (pets) show a lot of skin issues and itching, when they have allergy problems, unlike us, where we’re mainly respiratory, they show it in their skin,” he said.

The fair also had parvo shots, and both veterinarians agreed, the parvo vaccine was another important vaccination for good pet health. The virus is highly contagious and can be deadly.

“There’s a lot of parvo this time of year as there are a lot of puppies out,” Upp said. “Any vomiting or diarrhea need to be watched for in puppies and dogs.”

He added parvo can be treated, but it is expensive and it is better to vaccinate, then pay for a two to three day stay in a hospital for your dog.

People can contact a veterinarian to learn more about vaccines for their pets or keeping them up to date.

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