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Tom Jacobs Executive Director of the SPCA in Northern Nevada said:
"80 plus percent of our animals that we get in here come from animal services or a rural animal control agency and we just don't know what their vaccination history is".
Jacobs said it used to be standard to vaccinate every dog for parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis just in case, until they became the first clinic in northern Nevada to use VacciCheck to screen for those antibodies.
Mr. Jacobs went on to say:
"Part of our mission directs us to be an innovative leader in the responsible treatment of homeless animals. With this new titer test our clinic can determine in 21 minutes whether a dog is sufficiently protected from Parvovirus, Distemper and Infectious Hepatitis. If a dog is protected, we redirect those vaccination funds into other veterinary needs. If not, we know exactly how many more vaccines a dog needs. The SPCA has been using VacciCheck extensively since 2013 to check and protect all incoming shelter dogs as well as using the test from our new Mobile Veterinary Clinic. This test is designed to keep diseases at a minimum in our shelter.”