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Vaccinating pets still important

A puppy with distemper resulted in the canceling of a planned puppy pool party at the Marietta Aquatic Center, but more significantly, other puppies with distemper could still be unaccounted for. All the more reason for dog owners to make sure their dogs are up to date on their vaccinations.

The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley was right to be cautious in cancelling the pool party and the shelter continues to protect the dogs currently in the facility by not allowing new dogs inside at this time. Distemper is a disease with no cure, but it can be prevented through vaccination, and if caught early it can be managed with antibiotics. But too often, it is a death sentence, said Washington County Dog Warden Kelly McGilton.

We urge dog owners to keep their dogs’ vaccinations up to date in an effort to slow the spread of this disease. In addition, a plan to collect supplies for the shelter was also cancelled along with the pool party. The shelter is hoping to have the puppy pool party at a later date, but in the meantime, supplies can still be dropped off at the shelter itself located at 90 Mt. Tom Road, Marietta.

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