TOLEDO, OH – On Thursday, January 26, 2023, Lucas County Canine Care & Control will host a low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic for the surrounding community and their pets. The clinic will take place in the Canine Care Center, located at 410 S Erie St. near downtown Toledo, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

The event offers an opportunity for dog owners, who may not otherwise be able to provide vet care, a more affordable option.

Services will include rabies vaccination, oral Bordetella vaccination, the DHPP (canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) combination vaccination, leptospirosis vaccination, deworming for puppies, and microchip administered by the LC4 veterinary staff.

Monthly oral flea and tick prevention and 2023 Lucas County dog licenses also will be available for purchase. The deadline to purchase the 2023 dog license without penalty is January 31.

Costs for the clinic are: $10 for each vaccination, $5 for deworming, $20 for microchip (includes lifetime registration), $18 for one-month flea and tick prevention, and $50 for three-month flea and tick prevention. The cost of the 2023 dog license is $25.

Appointments to register for the clinic can be made by visiting LC4’s Facebook page or through the signup form on the LC4 website.

Recently, local veterinary clinic and emergency centers have been hit with a steady stream of canine parvovirus, or parvo, and the best prevention that dog owners can take is to have their pet vaccinated. Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus with a very high mortality rate if untreated.

Parvo is resistant to heat, cold, humid, and dry conditions and will survive in the environment (house, yard, bedding, collar, leash, bowls, and kennel) for long periods of time. Parvovirus attacks the intestines. Symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, fever or low body temperature, severe vomiting, and diarrhea, which cause rapid dehydration and ultimately damage to the intestines and immune system resulting in septic shock. Young and old dogs are more susceptible but adult dogs can contract the virus. Prevention is key because treating a dog for parvo is expensive and not always successful.

Rabies is a dangerous virus that is transmissible through the saliva of infected animals. Anyone can be infected if bitten by an animal carrying the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the annual turnover of approximately 25 percent in the dog population necessitates the revaccination of dogs.

Canine Care & Control is conducting the low-cost vaccination clinic to protect the safety and health of not only dogs, but the humans that interact with them. Rabies vaccinations are required by law in most counties in Ohio, including Lucas County.