Double H Veterinary Services, LLC SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

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Clinic Information

When: Spring 2024!!

Where: TBD

Cost: Rabies $20, Microchips $10. Payment by Cash or Check only! There are several local ATM’s nearby if needed.

Release Form: Please download and print a Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Release FORM and bring the completed and signed form to the clinic.

general information 

  • Dogs and Cats MUST be over 3 months of age at the time of rabies vaccination, and over 2 months of age to receive a microchip

  • All animals’ receiving services must be healthy, not pregnant, and able to be safely handled. It is at the discretion of the staff if they deem your animal unfit for vaccination or microchip. If so, you may be referred to a local full-service clinic that can better suit your pet’s needs.

  • The animal’s guardian/legal owner (>18 years of age) must be present to give vaccination and microchipping consent. We are not able to serve clients bringing in animals on behalf of someone else or animals presented with a minor.

  • All dogs MUST be on fixed (not flexi/extendable) leashes; cats MUST be in carriers. Please make sure all collars and harnesses fit appropriately, and all carriers are in good working order before the clinic. We are NOT responsible for any lost or loose pets.

  • Barn cats, feral cats, and community cats are welcome to attend if secured in a humane trap.

  • Please be respectful of other pets and keep your own animals close to you, just because your pet may be friendly with others does not mean others are.

  • Please be responsible and clean up after your own pet. There are multiple receptacle bins located throughout the area as well as a doggy clean up station with poop bags provided.

  • In order to streamline your service please have your drivers license, payment and pet’s previous signed rabies certificate (if applicable) readily available when you check in.

Rabies

Rabies is a deadly virus spread through saliva, and most often transmitted through bites by an infected animal. There is no cure for rabies. You can protect your pet against this virus by having them vaccinated against rabies. Both Pennsylvania and Maryland state law requires that dogs and cats four months of age and older be vaccinated against rabies.

  • Rabies vaccination is the only vaccine required BY LAW. The duration of the rabies vaccine can be either 1 year or 3 years depending on your pets’ vaccine history.

  • A signed Rabies Certificate from a veterinarian is the only acceptable form of proof for prior rabies vaccinations. Rabies tags, vaccine reminder cards, and/or receipts from your veterinarian’s office are NOT considered valid proof of vaccination.


Rabies vaccination side effects:

It is common for pets to experience some or all of the following mild side effects after receiving a vaccine, usually starting within hours of the vaccination. If these side effects last for more than a day or two, or cause your pet significant discomfort, it is important for you to contact your primary care veterinarian:

  • Discomfort and local swelling at the vaccination site

  • Mild fever

  • Decreased appetite and activity

  • A small, firm swelling under the skin may develop at the site of a recent vaccination. It should start to disappear within a couple weeks. If it persists more than three weeks, or seems to be getting larger, you should contact your veterinarian.

  • More serious, but less common side effects, such as allergic reactions, may occur within minutes to hours after vaccination. These reactions can be life-threatening and are medical emergencies.


Seek veterinary care immediately at a local animal emergency hospital if any of these signs develop:

  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea

  • Itchy skin that may seem bumpy ("hives")

  • Swelling of the muzzle and around the face, neck, or eyes

  • Severe coughing or difficulty breathing

  • Collapse

  • If your pet is known to have an adverse vaccine reaction it is your responsibility to notify the veterinarian at the clinic BEFORE the vaccine is administered


Local animal emergency hospitals include:


Reduce your risk of exposure to the rabies virus:

  • Get your pets vaccinated against rabies, and keep current on their revaccinations.

  • Stay away from wildlife, and keep children and pets away from wildlife.

  • Always walk your dogs on a leash to keep them from running after wildlife.

  • Deter wildlife from coming into your yard by eliminating possible food sources and keeping trash can lids tightly closed.

  • Do not keep wild animals as pets!

  • Report any strange behavior by wildlife or any bites by wildlife to your local animal control or health department (varies depending on state/county).

  • If you are bitten by a wild animal or stray dog or cat, wash the wound immediately, seek medical attention, and report the incident to your local animal control and/or health department.

Microchip

A microchip is a permanent form of identification for your pet that is about the size of a grain of rice. Each microchip contains a unique ID number, similar to your Social Security Number. A microchip protects your pet if they’re ever lost or stolen. A lost pets’ microchip can be scanned to get the ID number which is associated with you, the owner, and can be used to look up your name, phone number, and email.


  • A pet only needs one microchip, so it’s a one-time procedure and cost. It’s inserted using a small needle, and most pets feel little to no pain when receiving a microchip (reactions are usually comparable with any other vaccination your pets may receive)

  • Microchips are not GPS trackers (it would be pretty cool if they were though!) However, a microchip is still important because a collar or tag can fall off an animal, but a microchip will always be there if your pet gets lost!

  • Fi Nano microchips come with FREE LIFETIME registration. To register your microchip simply scan the QR code on your yellow microchip card and follow the on-screen instructions. If you lost your yellow microchip card you can still register your microchip by visiting: nano.tryfi.com and following the on-screen instructions.

  • When registering your microchip be sure to list another close friend or family member as an emergency contact along with your primary care veterinarian. In the unfortunate event your pet is lost animal shelters will usually attempt to reach every contact you have listed in order to reunite you.

  • Remember to update your pet’s microchip contact information if you move or change phone numbers

We look forward to working with you to help our community low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic run safely and smoothly!

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