Low Income Pet Owners: Update Dog and Cat Vaccines for Free on May 20 in West River
Being a pet owner can be an expensive undertaking. For many families in our area, the weak economy has meant that some of the usual expenses associated with pet ownership got pushed to the back burner.
But the Muddy Creek Veterinary Hospital’s Dr. Linda Ruiz is coming to the rescue on May 20, when she will be administering free rabies vaccines to dogs and cats owned by low-income pet owners. The “Rabies Clinic” is being held in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and the County Animal Control Section.
Keeping your pet inoculated against Rabies is important in Southern Anne Arundel County, where dogs can come into contact with foxes, raccoons, skunks and bats, the most common carriers of rabies. Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the Central Nervous System. Rabies is almost always fatal for pets.
Typically, a rabies-only vaccine costs $5 to $15. But add to that an office visit and other vaccines (like, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza), and soon that $5 shot has turned into a $100 ordeal.
The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 20 in the parking lot of the Owensville Primary Care Health Center, located at 134 Owensville Road, (Rt. 255) in West River.
There are no appointments. Just stop by with your animal. The rabies immunizations are free of charge. All dog owners are asked to leash their dogs, while cat owners should bring their felines in a carrier.