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Humane Society responds to distemper increase with free shots for puppies

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Humane Society responds to distemper increase with free shots for puppies

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Are your dogs vaccinated against distemper? When is the last time you got them booster shots?

In the past few weeks, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has seen an increase in dogs with distemper, especially in puppies and young dogs under the age of one, a spokeswoman said in press release Tuesday.

Distemper is a deadly virus that has no cure, so the best way to keep dogs from dying of distemper is prevention, by vaccinating them.

As part of its efforts to prevent the spread of distemper, the Humane Society is offering free and discounted vaccinations at the Companions For Life Center, 3465 E. Kleindale, from 9a.m.-2p.m. on Saturday.

The distemper vaccinations (DAPP) will be $6 for adult dogs and puppies six months and younger will receive a free vaccination and a coupon for a free follow-up vaccine. They will also be offering $5 dollar rabies shots, $12 bordatella shots, and $13 vaccinations for canine influenza.

This subsidized vaccine clinic is made possible by a long time, generous HSSA donor.

Canine distemper is a highly contagious and deadly virus that affects a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system. The only way to prevent your dog from contracting distemper is to keep his vaccinations up-to-date. Puppies need an initial shot followed by several boosters. Adult dogs should get a DAPP shot once a year, according to HSSA.

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