Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RSPCA Helps Vaccinate Against Parvovirus in Western Sydney

The RSPCA NSW Education Team is offering free vaccinations to dogs of eligible residents in parts of Western Sydney this month. This initiative aims to offer information and vaccinations to pet owners who may not otherwise be able to afford these services.

The vaccinations are designed to help reduce the incidence and spread of parvovirus, as well as distemper virus, canine hepatitis and canine parainfluenza virus. Parvovirus is an easily transmissible virus that can kill dogs within 24 hours and can survive in the environment for 12 months or more.

“Our goal is to educate the community about the importance of regular vaccinations and to hopefully reduce the incidence of preventable viruses, particularly parvovirus, in the Western Sydney area,” said RSPCA NSW Community Education Manager Claire Kendall.

The program is available to residents in designated areas who have Pension, Centrelink or Health Care cards. This has all been made possible with the donation of a large amount of vaccines, veterinary supplies and the support of local veterinary clinics and community centres.

“The RSPCA sees firsthand the horrific and often tragic consequences of parvovirus in dogs and we are so pleased that the generosity of Virbac, Provet, local veterinary clinics and community centres in both the Cranebrook and Mt Druitt areas have enabled us to do something to help dogs and their families,” says Ms Kendall.

The information session and registration day for the Cranebrook area resulted in signing up 90 dogs for the vaccination day on Wednesday 16th May. There are more expected to sign up and attend on the day.

On Tuesday 22nd May, dog owners living in the 2770 postcode area are invited to attend the information session and registration day at the Bidwill Uniting Church Community Centre. Eligible residents can then sign up for the free vaccination day on Tuesday, 29th May.

This initiative wouldn’t be possible without the support of the following organisations:
Virbac Animal Health
ProVet
Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic
Penrith Veterinary Hospital
• Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services
NSW Government – Family and Community Services
Penrith City Council
• Emerton Veterinary Clinic
• Mt Druitt Veterinary Clinic
UNOH Sydney

For more information on how to keep your dog fit and healthy click here.

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