Sunday 12 July, 2020

JSPCA gets vaccine donation from Hi-Pro to combat parvovirus in pets

Pamela Lawson (centre), Managing Director of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) accepts a donation of 800 units of Recombitek C-6 vaccine. On hand to present the vaccines were Sharik Lewis (left), Hi-Pro’s Pharmacist and Dayne Patterson (right) Business Development Manager at Hi-Pro. They were joined by “Rover”, a patient at the JSPCA, which is the first canine recipient of a Recombitek vaccine.

Pamela Lawson (centre), Managing Director of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) accepts a donation of 800 units of Recombitek C-6 vaccine. On hand to present the vaccines were Sharik Lewis (left), Hi-Pro’s Pharmacist and Dayne Patterson (right) Business Development Manager at Hi-Pro. They were joined by “Rover”, a patient at the JSPCA, which is the first canine recipient of a Recombitek vaccine.

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) is now in a better position to treat dogs afflicted with parvovirus since receiving a donation of 800 Recombitek C-6 vaccines from Hi-Pro. 

“Dogs contract parvovirus from soil where the bacteria is present and when it rains, you see a definite increase in cases,” explained Pamela Lawson, Managing Director at the JSPCA, as she drew attention to an assortment of puppies in cages at the association’s premises. 

“All of these puppies are currently being treated for parvo,” she noted.

The donation is in keeping with Hi-Pro’s recently launched #Growstrong initiative aimed at providing support to sectors and stakeholders affected by COVID-19. 

At the recent handover, Hi-Pro’s Pharmacist Sharick Lewis and Business Development Manager, Dayne Patterson recognised international supplier Boehringer Ingelheim, whose partnership made the magnitude of the donation possible. 

“Our economy has been significantly affected, and people’s livelihood’s compromised,” said Lewis.  “The JSCPA provides a critical service and these vaccines will bolster the support we will be able to give pet owners who are trying to maintain the health of their pets, but lack the resources to do so at this time,” he concluded.

The Hi-Pro team was on hand to witness JSPCA vets treat Rover, a large black and brown dog and recipient of the very first C-6 vaccine.

 

 

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