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KINGSBURG – The City of Kingsburg, Second Chance Animal Shelter and the Kingsburg Veterinary Clinic co-sponsored a licensing, micro-chipping and vaccination clinic May 4 at Memorial Park.

Among residents who brought their pets out were Jose Herrera who brought Hooch for rabies and parvo shots and the Aguilars who brought their trio of poodles to get needed shots for parvo prevention.

“He is a good dog and he loves to go on trips in the truck,” Herrera said of his shelter rescue dog. He heard about the clinic through a letter from the City and wanted to get the shots taken care of sooner than later.

“It was only $10 so you have to set the day and get it done. You say, ‘I’m going to get it done one of these days’ and you never get it done. This way, it’s done.”

Also in line were Barbara Aguilar and Jason Aguilar with their poodles, Teddie, Cece and Daisy.

“They got microchipped and rabies and parvo and distemper,” Barbara Aguilar said explaining each dog’s needs that day. For her younger dogs, she said she wanted to make sure they had all the needed shots to prevent parvo as it’s so contagious.

According to the American Kennel Club, parvo is caused by the canine parvovirus. It’s “highly contagious and spreads through direct contact with an infected dog or by indirect contact with a contaminated object,” their website reads.

Puppies are exposed every time they sniff, lick, or consume infected feces. Indirect transmission occurs when a person who has recently been exposed to an infected dog touches your puppy, or when a puppy encounters a contaminated object, like a food or water bowl, collars and leashes and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs.

Puppy are given parvo shots when they’re between six to eight weeks of age and then those shots must be repeated every two to three weeks usually until a puppy is four months old.

“I knew until they had that last shot they wouldn’t be safe so I didn’t want anything to happen to them,” she said.

Although she had to get up early after working a night shift, Barbara Aguilar said it was worth it to prevent her puppies from getting sick.

“I know it’s important. When I was younger, we lost a number of dogs to parvo,” she said of the effort it takes to nurse a puppy back to health after contracting the disease. “It’s so sad to lose a dog to something you can prevent.”

Find out more about vaccination requirements by calling the Kingsburg Vet Clinic at 897-4131 or Second Chance at 896-7227.

According to the City of Kingsburg’s website, pet licensing is free if your pet is spayed or neutered. The reasons listed to license your pet include:

  • A pet license can provide your pet safe passage home if it becomes lost. If it is injured, its license enables others to notify you more quickly.
  • A pet license also provides important proof of current rabies vaccination. While the law does not require rabies vaccinations for cats, it would be prudent for cat owners to do so because of their possible contact with wild animals and bats.
  • Dog licensing is mandatory - cat licensing is voluntary. All dogs over the age of 4 months must be licensed within 30 days. Pet owners moving into the area must also license within 30 days. A current rabies vaccination (if your dog's rabies vaccination expires July 1- October 1 of the licensing year you must bring your rabies shot current) and micro-chipping certificates are required to license your pet.

Find out more about leash laws, what to do about loose dogs, barking dogs and other frequently asked questions at http://cityofkingsburg-ca.gov/363/Animal-Control.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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