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Pets on rez receive free and low-cost vaccines
Jun 30, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
Workers gave more than 100 pets low-cost or free vaccinations last week during a vaccine effort on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Indian Health Services and the Northern Arapaho Environmental Health office sponsored the event.
IHS said that from June 10 to June 14, 11 dogs were vaccinated in Crowheart and 79 dogs and 14 cats were given shots in Fort Washakie. On June 14, 31 dogs and 10 cats were vaccinated during pick-up clinic hours.
Pets in Ethete and Arapahoe also received vaccines.
The dogs and cats received rabies, parvo and distemper vaccines and combinations of other necessary shots.
Dr. John Duncan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture coordinated the clinic and was available to answer questions from pet owners. Also present was Dr. Lisa Dawson of the Lander Valley Animal Hospital.
Dawson said the earlier pets receive shots, the lower the risk the animal has of dying. Unfortunately, she said, many owners don't take their pets to get the necessary vaccines because of the cost.
She encourages pet owners to give their pets the distemper vaccine in particular, so they avoid intestinal and respiratory problems as well as central nervous system and optic nerve complications.
The collaboration of services has allowed the clinic to provide vaccines for dogs and cats since 1961.