ENID, Oklahoma— Following the recent outbreaks of two canine viruses, Enid SPCA will be hosting a free driving dog vaccination clinic on Sunday, June 26, 2022.
Approximately eight local veterinarians will administer distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvo (DAPP) and rabies vaccines from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Stride Bank Center, 301 S. Independence, A. said Vickie Grantz, executive director of Enid SPCA.
“(The dog vaccination clinic) is just about trying to have a healthier community,” Grantz said.
Distemper and parvovirus have recently been reported to cause problems in the area. Grantz said that in her 24 years in the animal welfare field, this was the first experience she had with distemper, a highly contagious virus that is spread through direct contact, exposure to the air or through the placenta which can infect dogs and wildlife such as ferrets, raccoons, foxes, wolves, coyotes, skunks, ferrets and mink.
Distemper symptoms typically appear in two stages, with the initial onset of cold-like symptoms including runny nose and eyes, fever, and loss of appetite, according to the American Kennel Club. Then neurological signs may begin to appear as the disease progresses and attacks the central nervous system, with symptoms such as head tilt, partial or complete paralysis, seizures and muscle twitching.
Symptoms of parvovirus, a contagious virus that is spread primarily through feces, include vomiting, lethargy, bloody diarrhea, and fever. The gastrointestinal tract is where the greatest damage occurs. Puppies 6 weeks to 6 months old are more susceptible to the virus, according to AKC.
Three stations will be set up on Sunday during the dog vaccination clinic — free to community members — to help get things done quickly, Grantz said, and pet owners are encouraged to stay inside their vehicles with their animals and to keep their dogs on a leash.
Grantz asked pet owners who typically put a muzzle on their dogs when visiting the vet to also do so at the canine vaccination clinic and notify the veterinarians on site if any of their dogs are reluctant to muzzle. get vaccinated.
Paperwork will be given to pet owners to complete upon arrival, and documentation to obtain city tags at a later date will be provided to pet owners once their dogs have been vaccinated.
The best protection against these canine viruses is vaccination, Grantz said.
Enid SPCA accepts strays, owner-abandoned animals, and animals from other community shelters. After a suspected case of distemper at Enid SPCA last month, testing was initiated and Grantz said four animals there tested positive for distemper, while 20 others living in the same area did not. have not been.
“That’s what proper protection does,” Grantz said. “We will continue to remove animals from our community for adoption. We don’t want to attract animals that are going to bring these diseases into our facility, so (the dog vaccination clinic) is a way for us to go out and try to eliminate this virus as best we can so that we can continue to provide services to our community safely.
Grantz said many sponsors made the dog vaccination clinic possible, including Cummins Construction, AE Howard, Edward Jones, Four J’s Tire Service, PDQ Printing, Enid Optical, Century 21, Munn Supply, Orthodontic Solutions, Grand Avenue Haze , Acid Tank Leasings, Jacksons. of Enid, Natural Remedies, AAA Insurance (Cody Link), Ramsey’s What-Ever Store, Larry’s Home Oxygen, Paradise Nails & Spa, Sweets of Enid and many more supporters.
“It would be an effort of about $5,000 or $6,000 for us, so for (the sponsors) to feel as strong as we do and be willing to donate to the cause has really eased a lot of the financial burden,” Grantz said. .