PET OWNER APPRECIATION DAY
Headon Forest Animal Hospital is OPENING OUR DOORS to celebrate… YOU AND YOUR PET! Join us on Saturday November 29, 2008 From 1pm to 4 pm As we celebrate our first annual PET OWNER APPRECIATION DAY! Meet the staff! Meet our Vets! Meet our pets! Tour our Hospital! Enjoy some refreshments! Observe a live surgery! Enter to win some great prizes! Pick up some educational material! Kids can participate in a pet-look-alike drawing contest!
FARLEY FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER SUCCESS!!!
Thank you to all our clients that gave generously to the Farley Foundation. The sale of raffle tickets for gift baskets and for Farley’s trademark bandanas helped raise $241 to this charitable organization. Pets belonging to low income seniors, persons with disabilities and women at risk of abuse entering shelters can apply for funding from the Farley Foundation to help offset costs of unexpected veterinary care.
For more information visit The Farley Foundation website at www.farleyfoundation.org
Headon Forest is “Celebrating Seniors” for the 4th year in a row! Dogs and cats often “hide” clinical signs of underlying disease and may not show signs of illness until the disease or disorder is well advanced. Things that may be perceived as normal aging and something that is not fixable may indeed be treatable. Because our pets age more quickly than their human counterparts (5-7 years for every one human year), we feel that all pets that reach their senior years deserve special care.
In the months of November through January you can celebrate your senior pet with a “Wellness Profile”. Testing includes blood, urine and stool analysis, along with digital radiographs of the abdomen or chest. Our doctors will do a thorough physical examination and consultation before recommending the appropriate profile. This is also a great time to discuss any changes in your pet’s behavior that may have been attributed to “getting old.” Sometimes as pet owners we are afraid to look for problems with our pet’s health because we might find something bad. With advances in veterinary medicine and many excellent products and diets on the market, we can often significantly extend the lives of our best friends if diseases are detected early. In past years, we have diagnosed dental disease, osteoarthritis, obesity, kidney insufficiency and endocrine diseases such as Cushing ’s disease, thyroid disease or diabetes. These are common disorders for older pets that can be managed, but more importantly- progression can often be prevented!
Some of our wonderful food and drug companies participate in Senior Wellness Month and have included complimentary products with every wellness profile. To make things more fun… your senior pet’s name will be entered in a draw to win an exciting prize package! Please visit our section on Pet Health-Senior Wellness to find a senior health checklist that outlines things for pet owners to watch for that may indicate an underlying problem. You can also use the age chart to convert your pet’s age into human years. We will be happy to schedule your pet’s senior wellness exam at any time.
COVERING THE COST OF VETERINARY CARE
Pet Health Insurance
No one can argue that pet ownership is a big responsibility but well worth it when one considers the incredible benefits of having a four-legged creature in our lives. Being a pet owner means we have committed to providing for the health and well being of our new family member. Many new pet owners are prepared financially to cover the costs of routine veterinary care but can get caught short if illness or accident strikes. Advances in veterinary medicine have enabled veterinarians to provide diagnostics and treatments that are similar to those being offered in the human health field. Also, preventative medicine for pets has allowed animals to live healthier longer, lives. Pet Insurance is a great way for many pet owners to provide their pets with excellent health care and alleviate concerns about affordability of treatment.
Two reputable Pet Insurance providers are PetCare and PetSecure. Both companies offer a variety of programs and price ranges to cover illness and accidents. Plans are also available for wellness programs and routine healthcare for your pet. Many animals will qualify for a trial period of pet health insurance at no charge.
PetSecure is a Canadian based company that focuses entirely on pet health insurance and strives to be involved in many aspects of the pet health community. Please visit www.petsecure.com for more information.
PetCare Pet Health Insurance is a subsidiary of Pethealth Inc, a provider of illness and accident insurance for dogs and cats and pet related data management services to the companion animal industry of North America. Please visit www.petcareinsurance.com
CareCredit assists pet owners with costs associated with veterinary care by providing a no interest and extended payment plan option. An application for credit can be performed in the veterinary office. Knowing that credit is approved almost instantaneously often makes the decision to provide necessary care for ill or injured pets much easier.
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