Vaccine/Microchip Clinic Information
The Pet Pantry of Lancaster County wants to make sure that all pets are protected from the basic diseases that can cause severe illness or even death in dogs and cats while also providing a method of permanent identification to be implanted in your pet via a microchip. We hold vaccine/microchip clinics at various locations throughout Lancaster County during the year. Please see our schedule below for upcoming clinic dates and locations. The only vaccines offered at these clinics are Rabies and DHPP (commonly called the Distemper Combo) for dogs and Rabies and FVRCP (commonly called the Distemper Vaccine) for cats. Any other vaccines needed would have to be obtained at your local veterinarian Each vaccine cost $15 and a microchip is $25 unless you are a Pet Pantry client and your animal is registered in our feeding program, in which case the cost is half.
Please note these clinics DO NOT take the place of your pets yearly examination at your local vet. It is still strongly recommended that you have your pets examined by your vet on a yearly basis. Regular examinations can identify illnesses before they are life-threatening and address less serious conditions impacting the quality of your pet’s life.
Information About The Vaccines We Offer
- Pennsylvania law requires that dogs and cats must be vaccinated for rabies by 3 months of age and vaccination must be kept up to date.
- The World Health Organization indicates that elimination of the spread of rabies through canines would, at minimum, require 70% coverage along with other practices. Studies indicate that only 54% of dogs are currently vaccinated in the United States.
- In 2011 reports showed that Pennsylvania had the highest number of domestic animals contracting rabies in the United States.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control, rabies is associated with the highest case fatality rate of any infectious disease is humans. Once clinical signs of the disease develop, there is no proven effective medical treatment. Preventing this disease from spreading to humans requires the vaccination of pets that might come into contact with wildlife infected with the disease and spreading it to other pets or humans.
Feline/Cat-FVRCP (Feline Distemper, Feline Rhinotracheitis,Calici, Panleukopenia)
- FelineRhinotracheitis, also known as feline influenza or feline pneumonia, is a virusthat can cause serious respiratory illnesses in cats. This virus is noted ascausing 50% of such respiratory illnesses in cats.
- Feline Rhinotracheitisis highly contagious and can not only cause severe illness in cats, but also death and particularly in young kittens.
- Calici, another dangerous virus that causes upper respiratory infections is highly resistant to cleaning products and disinfectants. It can survive outside a cat’s body for several days.
- Transmission of Feline Calicivirus can spread through direct contact, contaminated water bowls or any other objects an infected cat may have sneezed on or touched.
- Panleukopenia,also called feline distemper, is caused by a virus similar to one that causes parvovirus in dogs. The infection causes gastrointestinal, nervous system and immune system disease.
- Panleukopeniais easily spread and can survive in the environment for up to one year. The illness can be transmitted through direct contact with humans that have had contact with infected cats.
Canine Distemper (DA2PP) (Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
- Adenovirus Type 2 is related to the hepatitis virus and is known as one of the causes of kennel cough. The virus can be easily spread through contact with infected animals in boarding kennels, dog parks, doggie daycare, rescues, and anywhere dogs interact.
- Parainfluenzais a highly contagious respiratory illness and another known cause of kennel cough. Like Adenovirus Type 2, the virus can be spread anywhere dogs interact. Parainfluenza can spread rapidly through the air without direct contact.
- The highly resistant and potentially fatal canine Parvo virus can be easily spread through contact with the feces of an infected dog. Parvo is difficult to diagnose as it exhibits symptoms common to other less dangerous illnesses.
- At least eight Lancaster County dogs were found to have contracted the Parvo virus in August of 2013. Similar instances of the disease occurred in 2005, 2007,2008, 2009 and 2011.
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Vaccine Clinic Dates
Scheduled Dog Vaccine Clinics
Scheduled Cat Vaccine Clinics
PLEASE! Dogs on Leashes and Cats in carriers!!