By Brent Spivey
Cat and dog owners accompanied by their pet companions checked in to the Poly Pet Spa Day on Saturday, which offered a variety of services to promote the health and wellness of animals in the Pomona community.
The event was hosted by the Cal Poly Pomona Animal Health Science Department.
The staff on hand totaled over 50 senior and lower division students eager to enhance their animal handling and restraint skills.
In addition to check-ups offered to the animals, the event helped students develop the skills needed to vaccinate and handle animals for their future careers in the veterinary field.
A 160 pounds of canine was ushered into the operating room by second-year animal and veterinary science student Chanell Christopher for a vaccination shot.
“So calm for such a big dog,” Christopher said.
“Working in these situations helps me get comfortable with the hands-on nature of the field, and even though this is my first event, I’m given the opportunity to succeed by learning to identify the best recommendation for each animal.”
Services for dogs included DHPP, rabies and bordetella vaccinations as well as heartworm/ehrlichia/lyme disease testing.
FVRCP, rabies vaccinations and feline leukemia and feline infectious virus vaccinations were listed services available for cats.
For both dogs and cats, toenail trimming and anal gland expression sessions were also offered.
Christopher’s passion for animals comes from her prior experience with her uncle’s tarantula, iguana, dogs and rabbits.
“I’ve always gravitated towards animals,” Christopher said.
The event was well nurtured by AVS assistant professor Dr. Joanne Sohn who was avidly overlooking each station with expert eyes.
She helped students with vaccinations or any other issues that came up.
“Cats have to be isolated from dogs because of their anxiety and unpredictable nature,” Christopher said.
“Dogs, however, who are more social and don’t need as much accommodations like a private operating room.”
The line stretched out of Building 67 to the sidewalk, which was full of people carrying metal and cardboard carriers that held both cats and dogs.
Second-year liberal studies student Karina Tostado brought in her dogs for rabies shots.
“The main thing really is the convenience, we’re so close,” Tostado said.
“My mom is always communicating information to me about school events.”
Tostado is a student employee on campus and praises Pomona citizens as friendly, trustworthy and reputable people.
“I even saw my boss,” Tostado said. “He brought his big German shepherd, and seeing familiar faces makes these local events more fun.”
Distance is something the AVS department took into account when catering to the Pomona community.
Don and Nicholas Jeske are Pomona residents who brought in their three dogs on referral.
“She found out about the event on Facebook, and it linked us to a site where we could RSVP for the event.” Jeske said.
The RSVP list consisted of at least 150 cats and dogs, so it was very important to secure a spot when reservations for the event went live.
“The main reason we came here today was the cost. We looked at other clinics, and this was the best deal for vaccinations,” Jeske said.
“Our pets provide us with such humor and partnership that we owe it to them to keep them healthy for those early morning walks.”
The Poly Pet Spa Day, vaccination clinics and other events are facilitated by email and social media accounts.
If interested in future events, stay up to date by following CPP’s AVS department on Facebook.
Brent Spivey / The Poly Post
Students, alumni and community guests filled out paperwork for their pets before they went into the clinic
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