The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is once again partnering with KOAA News 5 to offer 5PetCheck—an effort to help economically disadvantaged pet owners get wellness examinations and rabies vaccinations for their dog or cat.

The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is once again partnering with KOAA News 5 to offer 5PetCheck—an effort to help economically disadvantaged pet owners get wellness examinations and rabies vaccinations for their dog or cat.

The clinic that is participating in La Junta is the Ark Valley Animal Hospital. They participate in PetCheck each year, and while they are the only clinic in La Junta this year, we do have several clinics participating in nearby southern Colorado cities. PetCheck emphasizes that all appointments must be made by calling the 5PetCheck hotline (877-369-9021) on Monday, April 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., not by contacting the individual clinics.

The PetCheck program is in its eighth year, and in 2015, 5PetCheck was added to the existing 9PetCheck to expand the reach to southern Colorado counties: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Pueblo and Teller.

CVMA member veterinarians want all pet owners to understand the value of annual wellness examinations for their pet, as well as the importance of rabies vaccinations. With over 50 veterinary clinics participating across the state, offering more than 1,000 free wellness exams and rabies vaccinations (if appropriate) on April 8 and 9, those in financial need will be able to access veterinary care for their pet.

“Preventive care exams are vital for your pet’s overall well-being,” said CVMA President Sam Romano. “So many diseases and health issues can be easily treated if caught early on, so taking your pet to the veterinarian every year is extremely important. Along with regular exams, all pet owners need to be sure vaccinations, like rabies, are updated to help control the spread of serious diseases.”

If you or someone you know has a pet in need of a wellness exam or rabies vaccination, but they are unable to afford the cost of the appointment, this will be a wonderful opportunity for them to access those services with a CVMA member veterinarian.

Throughout Southern Colorado, appointments will be available for cats and dogs owned by those in financial need. To make an appointment, you must call the 5PetCheck live phone bank on Monday, April 3, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. MST. The appointment phone number to call for 5PetCheck on April 3 is 1-877-369-9021. Appointments will be filled on a first call, first served basis.

These appointments are for wellness examinations and rabies vaccinations only. If a pet is sick or injured, the animal’s owner should contact a local veterinarian immediately.