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Low Cost Vaccination Clinics

Why is it important to keep your pets vaccinations up to date?

Pets should be vaccinated to protect them from many highly contagious and deadly diseases.  Experts agree that widespread use of vaccines within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals.  Even though some formerly common diseases have now become uncommon, vaccination is still highly recommended because these serious disease agents continue to be present in the environment.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts wants to minimize the spread of rabies.  They have a wealth of information about rabies on their website.  In the state of MA there is a law that every town host an Annual Rabies Clinic for residents.  They are usually for dogs and cats but some towns also include ferrets.  These clinics are usually held in the springtime.

Some local pet stores also have pet vaccination clinics.  The prices are usually cheaper than the prices at full service veterinary clinics.  The downside is that people often have to stand in line, sometimes outside of the store and there are often other pets in close proximity which could be stressful to your pet.  All dogs are supposed to be on leases and all cats in carriers.  Also, the client is responsible for saving their paperwork from these vet visits as opposed to being able to call the vet’s office and ask for copies at a later date.  Additionally, these clinics are strictly for vaccines and your pet is not given a thorough exam at these clinics.

The Petco Stores have Vetco clinics.  Walgreens works with a company called ShotVet.com. Finally, there are VIP-Petcare clinics.  They mostly seem to work with local Pet Supplies Plus stores.  Please contact your local stores to verify the dates and times of vaccination clinics in your area.

From time to time, local animal shelters also hold rabies and microchip clinics.  Check with your local shelters to see if they have any dates planned for a clinic.

Keep in mind that if you have your pet vaccinated at a town clinic, or at a retail store clinic, SAVE YOUR PAPERWORK.  Unlike the full service veterinary hospital, these clinics will NOT send you a reminder notice the following year to update the pet’s vaccination.  Put a reminder in your phone or on your calendar so your pet will be vaccinated in a timely fashion the following year, which is especially important for rabies vaccinations.  It is very important to have WRITTEN documentation of any and all rabies vaccinations. The metal rabies tags are NOT proof of vaccination history, so please SAVE your paperwork.

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