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