Low-Cost Vaccinations for Cats and Dogs

[raw][/raw]By some estimates, one in three pets goes missing during its lifetime. If a collar falls off, the chances of retrieving that pet are not good. And so, the Department of Animal Care and Control has extended its hours for pet owners to get their dog and cat micro-chipped and vaccinated against contagious and deadly diseases.

From now through February, Los Angeles County animal care centers in Baldwin Park, Carson/Gardena, Castaic, Downey and Lancaster will provide low cost rabies, bordetella, roundworm, tapeworm, DHLPP and FVRCP vaccines. In fact, California state law requires that all dogs older than four months of age be currently vaccinated against rabies.

Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about your pet. They’re implanted just under the skin, usually right between the shoulder blades. Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. The animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number, according to the Humane Society.

Due to the high demand for vaccines at county animal centers last year, when vaccines where offered twice a week, the Department of Animal Care and Control added every other Sunday for easy convenience. The animal centers will still offer its regular weekday vaccination schedules in January and February.

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is one of the largest animal control agencies in the United States, with more than 90,000 strays housed in county shelters in one year. The shelters serve unincorporated areas in the county and contract with 52 cities.


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