Penn vet school offers vaccinations for pets on MLK Day

(Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

(Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Clinic is offering a helping hand in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Since 2010, the school has offered free vaccinations for pets on the King holiday, said Dr. David Holt.

“What we’ve done is send letters out to churches, particularly those that don’t have a lot of veterinary practices around them, and, through the churches, make it known that this is available,” he said.

Students pitch in to provide this care, Holt said.

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“For cats, we vaccinate them against respiratory calicivirus and rhinotracheitis, we vaccinate them against panleukopenia, which causes intestinal problems, and rabies,” he said. “For dogs, we vaccinate them for parvo, distemper, hepatitis, and also, again, rabies.”

The service is offered by appointment only with a two-pet limit per family. More information is available at 215-898-4680.

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