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Veterinarian provides low cost vaccinations

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A lot of dogs are now protected from a dangerous virus that's costly to treat.

A non-profit clinic in east Albany provided low-cost vaccinations this evening because of the growing number of parvo cases. Michael Lawrence's dog Sammie needed to be vaccinated, but Lawrence didn't have the money.  

"Oh really good I was wondering how the heck I was going to do it, I've been laid off for a while and, I heard about this on yalls newscast last night," said Michael Lawrence, pet owner.

What he heard about was low cost vaccinations provided by Albany Pet partners because Parvovirus is on the rise in puppies.

"Parvovirus is overwhelming us at the clinic. I've probably treated 10 cases and we've probably turned away half of that within the last few weeks," said Fred Freeland, President, Albany Pet Partners.  

Parvo is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus that affects mostly puppies under 6 months of age, but unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated dogs over 6 months can get infected too. 

"Normally the survival rate is about 80%, it's still pretty good, but it cost owners $300, $400,up to $700 sometimes even more to treat these dogs and so it's a huge financial burden," said Freeland.  

So to take that burden off pet owners, Dr. Fred Freeland with Albany pet partners decided to lower the cost for getting your pet vaccinated to $8 bucks.  

"I just got tired of my receptionist coming to me and saying another parvovirus on the way or I just had to turn away another parvovirus because we have no room for them and I thought about what epidemiologist do with human outbreaks," said Freeland.  

And now that Sammie is vaccinated, Lawrence doesn't have to worry about any hardships  

"He ain't going to go through no hardships,I'm going to take care of him for good," said Lawrence  

And a lot of other pet owners can say the same thing tonight after taking advantage of this special clinic.  

Some of the signs of parvovirus are loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Puppies can die in less than three days from dehydration and bacterial sepsis.

Other vaccination clinics are set for July 10th, July 24th,  and August 7th from 4 to 6 PM at the park behind Tallulah Massey Library.

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