Attention dog owners in South Jersey: the Tri-State Animal Emergency Center is holding an emergency vaccine clinic tomorrow.
The clinic announced the low-cost vaccine clinic to fight local outbreak of parvovirus, which is deadly and extremely contagious - particularly among puppies.
Officials say in less than a month, 15 dogs taken to the Millville Animal Clinic have died from the virus. Another 10 dogs brought to the SPCA in Vineland have also died. Other cases have been reported in Bridgeton, N.J.
The clinic will be held June 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tri-State center at 392 Kings Highway, Woolwich Township.
The cost of the vaccine is $10.
Certain strains of parvovirus can be up to 80% fatal among young puppies, causing lethargy, severe diarrhea, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite and dehydration. With severe disease, dogs can die within 48 to 72 hours without treatment.
"Parvovirus is a very scary disease because it strikes quickly and is often fatal," warned Dr. Mark Magazu, Medical Director of Tri-State Animal Emergency Center. "We're seeing a dramatic increase this year in incidents of parvo in our area, and as a community of pet owners we really have got to control this thing. It's a miserable disease that causes dogs to suffer horribly."
Dr. Magazu recommends that pet owners who are able to make vaccination appointments with their primary veterinarians should do so to ensure continuity of care and proper follow up with doctors familiar with their pet.
For directions go to www.TriStateAnimalEmergency.com