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Our hospital was featured in the Modesto Bee recently!

"About three dozen pooches and their owners lined up Sunday for something that some of us don't like regardless of our species: shots from the doctor.

The dogs were getting immunizations at a low-cost clinic for such diseases as rabies, parvo and distemper.

Veterinarian Rob Santos said some dogs are just as nervous and jittery about getting poked with a needle as their owners.

"I think the anticipation can be worse than the shots themselves," said Santos, who works at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital in Turlock.

But Santos said the dogs like visiting with their fellow canines as they wait in line.

"These lines become a social event," he said. "People talk; the animals interact. It's almost a dog park. But it's a dog line." Santos has been offering low-cost shot clinics for cats and dogs for 18 years. Only dogs and their owners turned out this Sunday. The clinics are held the third Saturday of the month at the Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital and the fourth Sunday of the month at the Turlock Pet Shop.

Anyone can bring his or her pet in for the immunizations. Santos said sometimes pet owners don't bring their cat or dog to a veterinarian for shots because of the cost. He said this is one way to ensure that cats and dogs remain healthy.

"In dogs, distemper can be deadly, parvo can be deadly," he said. "In cats, leukemia can be deadly."

He said a dog's rabies shot at the clinic costs $5 compared with $45 to $50 at a vet hospital. But that visit includes a physical exam.

Santos said the proceeds from the clinics benefit Friends of the Animals, a Turlock animal rescue group that works with Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital.

He said that, starting in May, some of the proceeds also will go to the Monte Vista Guardian Fund, which will help needy pet owners with their vet bills.

If you wish to donate to Friends of the Animals or the Monte Vista Guardian Fund, call Santos at (209) 634-0023.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (209) 578-2316."

 

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