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Friday, 18 August 2017 11:30

KHS & LMAS $10 Dog Flu Vaccines Aug 24 & Sept 7

The Kentucky Humane Society and Louisville Metro Animal Services are teaming up to offer local dog owners $10 vaccines against canine influenza, or dog flu.

The low-cost vaccine clinics will take place Thursdays Aug. 24 and Sept. 7 from 4-7 pm at My Dog Eats First headquarters, 2509 Portland Avenue in Louisville.

Two vaccines spaced 2-4 weeks apart are needed to reach full effectiveness. Dogs that attend the Aug. 24 clinic should return on Sept. 7 for their second vaccine. Both vaccines cost $10 each. The vaccine clinic is made possible by support from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

Canine influenza in the Louisville area was first detected in June. Since then, a number of local veterinarians, dog owners, boarding facilities and shelters have reported confirmed cases. The virus that causes canine influenza is very contagious to dogs, but it is not contagious to people. LMAS and KHS strongly recommend that all dog owners consider vaccinating their dogs.

“Vaccinating is the best way to protect your own animals and other dogs in our community from dog flu,” said Ozzy Gibson, LMAS Director.

“We hope to vaccinate hundreds of dogs at these two clinics,” says Karen Koenig, KHS Vice President for Animal Welfare. “Our goal is to ensure that every owner can afford to vaccinate and protect their pets.”

More about Dog Flu

Almost all dogs exposed to the virus become infected and the majority – 80% of infected dogs – develop flu-like illnesses. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and include persistent coughing, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge, lethargy, reduced appetite and fever. Learn more

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