Azure Holland Mobile Veterinary Service is excited to be participating in this year’s SPCA K9-3K Dog Walk and post-race festival on Saturday, April 2 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The K9-3K Dog Walk is a benefit walk event to help homeless pets, plus a day of family-friendly, dog-friendly festivities. The event consists of a 1.8 mile (3 km) walk plus festivities that draw over 4,000 people and 1,000 dogs each year. More than 60 vendors and sponsors offer pet-related products, and participants enjoy food, music, demonstrations and contests. It’s fun for people of all ages, and dogs love the opportunity to socialize, to sniff and be sniffed. In its 17th year, this annual event is held rain or shine. Make sure to come by our booth in the vendor village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll have fun goodies and treats for you and your family – including your fur babies too! It will be a great party for all! For more information, please visit: http://spcawake.org/events/the-k9-3k-dog-walk/. If you are looking for something a little different that day but just as fun, we are also excited to be a sponsoring a water station at the NC Veterinarian School’s IronDog 5K also on Saturday, April 2nd. The 5K is at 10 a.m. at NC State Centennial Campus. NC State IRONDOG is a charity that raises money for animals whose owners cannot aff ord their medical care. IRONDOG members raise pledges for completion of endurance athletic events. For more information, please visit: http://www.ncstatevets.org/irondog/.
The Smith family contacted me recently because they needed some help with their pet, Tucker, who was showing signs of advanced aging. Tucker was having issues with arthritis and it was starting to affect his quality of life. He was having trouble getting around, including going out to use the bathroom, and he was seemingly more restless at night.
I visited the family for a palliative care consultation. During this appointment, I spent a great deal of time with the family listening to their concerns as well as watching Tucker move around the home and yard. We even took him on a leash walk to see how he was walking on asphalt surfaces. These home visits are invaluable for identifying the pet’s main problem areas and addressing small things that can make a huge difference for the pet. In Tucker’s case, pain control and improvement with mobility were my priority.
I was able to leave Tucker’s family with a clear treatment plan and some goals that they could work on with Tucker. The family is still using their referring veterinarian for medication refills, lab work and additional wellness and preventative medicine that are needed. Tucker was doing great on his recheck last week and had even built some additional muscle mass with the walking he has been doing.
I thought I would share Tucker’s story with you to show some of the other services we offer other than home euthanasia. If I can help you, please call, we offer no charge initial consultations.
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or would like to schedule a time for me to meet with you. I perform at home evaluations and euthanasias in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.