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Angell Animal Medical Center Kicks Of Month of Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs

May 07, 2016 05:02PM ● By Bill Gilman

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(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by Angell Animal Hospital.)

The MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center announced today that its Ophthalmology team expects to examine dozens of service dogs in May as part of a national program spearheaded by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) to provide free eye exams for these critically important animals. 

Owners of working dogs who want to sign up for a free evaluation can click here for more information about the program and to make an appointment.

Angell ophthalmologists Dan Biros and Martin Coster—both board certified in veterinary ophthalmology—will examine a variety of working dogs during the month, and in so doing reinforce Angell’s steadfast commitment to continuously give back to the community.

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The number of dogs examined during this period is likely to be matched only by the variety of breeds.  The team as already examined 10 dogs—a mix of Golden Retrievers, hound mixes, Australian Cattle Dogs, labs and more—and expects  dozens more throughout the month. 

The team also evaluates therapy dogs that perform various functions, from comforting cancer patients at Boston Children’s Hospital, to participating in readings in Boston-area libraries and assisting people with Autism.  Several of the dogs also provide assistance to people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and other debilitating conditions.

Fortunately, said Dr. Biros, the early exams revealed the dogs to be in very good health: “We’re very glad to find that the dogs we’ve seen so far have generally excellent vision with no apparent eye disease.”  

All dogs received a comprehensive ocular exam; the doctors check for health issues spanning redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other serious abnormalities.  Angell Animal Medical Center expects to continue participating in the national program as a way to give back to the Boston-area community, and reinforce just how crucial these dogs are for the people who rely on them.

For more information about Angell Animal Medical Center’s array of specialty services, including Ophthalmology, please click here.


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