Dr. Stacy is performing an oral examination on Romeo, while his buddy Deacon is looking on - not yet realizing he's next. Oral exams are very important for cats and dogs in order to stay on top of any issues, such as the beginning of dental disease, cracks in teeth, etc. - before they become a larger, and much more painful issue. Our vets perform these oral exams whenever our clients bring their pet in for their regular check-ups.
February is recognized annually as National Pet Dental Month and TVV has always provided a 20% off discount on dental cleaning procedures for that month. Since dental care and dental health affects our pets' overall health, we feel it is important to promote dental care everyday - so therefore, we offer the 20% off dental cleaning discount year-round. Here is how it works... when your pet is in for their regular exam, a 20% off dental coupon is provided to you if the veterinarian recommends the pet have their teeth cleaned. The coupon is valid for [one] use on this pet up to three months following that recommendation. We provide this to not only promote year long dental care but to also make it more convenient and more affordable for our clients. Good dental health is to be recognized ALL year-round and not just in February and here is why....
This topic is worth discussing every winter, even if the vast majority of people already know and understand the importance of protecting pets in cold weather. We feel pretty confident that most of our clients already heed the advice that is published each winter by all the pet health organizations, as well as our own website, Facebook page, newsletters, and the Public Service Announcements we run on local cable channels. Each organization and resource of information list, almost identically, very important cold weather pet care tips and health warnings. Unfortunately, there will be a few folks who doubt the danger cold weather poses, or believes their pet is conditioned to withstand the cold weather. We agree, there are many dogs that are more conditioned for the cold. However, there is "cold" and then there is "freezing temps and icy conditions", which is much different and which both pose serious health risks, such as hypothermia and frostbite. A good rule to follow ... if it is too cold for you with a coat, gloves and hat on - then chances are - it is too cold for them. These are the cold weather pet care tips:
Our Dr. Françoise Tyler shares about her experience working with and being a part of Project Samana...
This November, Dr. Carrie McColgan, Treasure Dreher and I ventured to the beautiful Samana peninsula of the Dominican Republic to participate in Project Samana, a veterinary outreach program which was founded by Dr. Bob Labdon and Dr. Jay Merriam of Massachusetts. The Dominican Republic is still considered the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere, and the animals here suffer as a result. In keeping with The Village Vets core values, we helped provide essential veterinary care not only for dogs and cats, but also for horses and mules.
Dr. Kaleigh McVety talks about compassionate end of life pet care.
In Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the word "pet" is defined as "a domesticated animal used for pleasure rather than utility". However, to the vast majority of my clients, our pets are way more than this to us. They are family members that serve a purpose, even if it is just to snuggle with us at night or wag their tails frantically when we come home; because no one in the world is more special to them than us.