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 $17 and a microchip is $26.50 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, Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia)
- Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus (FRV)
- Is also known as a Herpes Virus
- Cats infected with FRV are life-long carriers and can shed the virus intermittently, especially when stressed.
- Causes severe upper respiratory disease and can cause eye disease that can lead to eye rupture and blindness
- Feline Calici Virus (FCV)
- Causes severe respiratory disease, often with painful ulcers in the mouth.
- Is resistant to many cleaners and disinfectants and can survive in the contaminated environment for several months
- Cats infected with FCV can shed the virus for months to years and can develop chronic oral and dental disease
- Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV)
- Also called Feline Distemper Virus, is caused by a virus similar to one that causes Parvovirus in dogs.
- Causes severe diarrhea which can lead to shock and death. Other symptoms include upper respiratory infections, seizures, and sudden death.
- Is spread through contact with infected cats and their environment
- Cats that do survive can shed the virus for several weeks. Environments contaminated with the Panleukopenia Virus remain so for up to one year.
- FPV is resistant to many cleaners and disinfectants
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.
- is 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.
- Causes severe vomiting and diarrhea and can quickly lead to shock and death
- Dogs that survive can shed the virus for weeks after recovery
- Parvovirus is spread by contact with contaminated feces or licking the coat of an infected dog. Sharing the environment with an infected dog can result in contamination as well.
- Parvovirus is resistent to many cleaners and disinfectants.
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Vaccine Clinic Dates
Scheduled Dog Vaccine Clinics
Please see Vaccine Appointments for Availability
Scheduled Cat Vaccine Clinics
Please see Vaccine Appointments for Availability
PLEASE! Dogs on Leashes and Cats in carriers!!