Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Keep your dog happy and healthy with the RSPCA NSW Illawarra’s Fee Free Friday

This Friday, 29th August, the RSPCA’s Illawarra Shelter in Unanderra is offering free vet checks, microchipping and vaccinations for the dogs of pensioners and health care card holders as part of Fee Free Friday!

Core vaccine, C3, protects dogs against hepatitis, distemper and the deadly parvovirus which affected over 750 dogs across New South Wales in the last 12 months, according to the Disease Watchdog.

“Parvo is highly contagious and can survive for up to a year outside, but it becomes more active in hot humid weather with vaccination the only way to keep your dog safe,” said RSPCA NSW spokeswoman Hannah Burfitt.

“Dog faeces are the most common source of the virus, but it can also be transmitted by contaminated footwear, clothing, bedding, food and water bowls, and toys,” Ms Burfitt added.

Also on offer this Friday is free microchipping, compulsory in New South Wales and pivotal in reuniting lost animals with their owners.

“However, it’s vital to keep your details up to date, so should your pet become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can contact you,” said RSPCA NSW Illawarra Shelter Manager Judith Wright.

Eligible owners and their dogs are welcome between 10am and 2pm at the shelter to have their pets’ teeth, weight and general health checked by a vet.

The RSPCA NSW Illawarra Shelter details are:

54 Industrial Road
Phone: 02 4271 3410

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