Four parvovirus vaccination clinics have been scheduled in Lawrence and Methuen, starting Thursday.
More than 12 dogs have died from the virus recently and the clinics — free for dog owners in Lawrence and Lowell — were scheduled in response to the outbreak.
Parvovirus can be fatal and is highly contagious.
Symptoms of the disease include vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite and diarrhea. Any dog exhibiting those symptoms should receive immediate veterinary care.
The clinics, funded through the Massachusetts Homeless Animal Fund, are as follows:
MSPCA-Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen: Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m.
South Common Park, Lawrence, Sunday, from 9 a.m. to noon
Central Catholic School, Lawrence, Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m.
On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed
120° in a matter of minutes—even with the windows
partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage
or die from heatstroke or suffocation.