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Humane Society responds to distemper increase with free shots

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

In the past two weeks, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has seen an increase in dogs with distemper, a spokeswoman said in press release Wednesday.

Distemper is a deadly virus that has no cure.

"The best way to keep dogs from dying of distemper is prevention, by vaccinating them," said HSSA spokeswoman Samantha Esquivel.

As part of its efforts to prevent the spread of distemper, the Humane Society is offering free vaccinations at a mobile clinic Saturday, 7-9:30 a.m., at 635 W. Roger Rd., just west of Oracle. They will also be offering $13 dollar rabies shots and $15 microchips. This is a clinic for dogs only.

There will be plenty of ways to stay cool at the clinic, including tents for shade, water bowels for dogs and free Eegee's for thirsty humans, Esquivel said.

The prevention of this disease is so critical, said Esquivel, that HSSA has also decided to offer free distemper vaccinations at its regular low-cost vaccination clinics through the end of July. These clinics are held 9:30-11 a.m., Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Canine distemper is a highly contagious and deadly virus that affects a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system, Esquivel said. 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, she said.

Mobile shot clinic

What: Free distemper vaccinations, $13 rabies vaccinations, $15 microchips

When: Saturday, 7-9:30 a.m.

Where: 635 W. Roger Rd., just west of Oracle.

* This clinic is for dogs only.

Regular vaccination clinics

What: Free distemper vaccinations (through July), INB Bordetella vaccinations $10, rabies vaccinations $13

When: 7-9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Where: 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., two blocks north of Ft. Lowell Road between Country Club and Dodge.

For more information visit hssaz.org or call 321-3704, ext. 138.

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