Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

Compassion for Communities and their Pets – Nicaragua 2017

Compassion for Communities and their Pets

For the first time, Lakefield Veterinary Group and Best Friends Pet Hotel joined forces with World Vets and spent several days in Nicaragua providing veterinary aid to the pets of the Nicaraguan people.

Our team was a diverse group of employees from around the U.S., many of whom had never met until the trip. From Assistant Managers at Best Friends, to Veterinary Doctors and Vet Techs of Lakefield Veterinary Group, to members of our corporate headquarters including our CEO, all came to Nicaragua to give back through a common love and compassion for animals. Robyn, a Neuro Manager at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists said, “one of the things that stood out to me was working with people I had never met before and how quickly we came together as a team toward a common goal. It was clear these were truly caring people who were there to do the best they could for people and animals they had never met. I couldn’t have been prouder to work with a group of people.”

Veterinarians volunteering in Nicaragua

When in Nicaragua, the team recalled the weather and other conditions: the sun beating down one moment and thunderstorms the next. Long lines of people, from near and far, bringing their sick, injured, or unvaccinated pets to be treated by Best Friends, Lakefield, and World Vet team members. The makeshift animal hospital in rural Nicaragua had no running water, occasional electrical outages, a leaky roof, muddy floors, fleas, ticks and more. Due to the terms of international customers, many items that are typically used in veterinary care were restricted in going across country borders.

Veterinarians at work

Clinic days were conducted in a building with low light, many people used headlamps for visibility. There was no gas anesthesia or oxygen for performing surgeries on the animals. Simple folding tables were used as surgery tables, stainless steel tables for induction and blankets on the floor for recovery. Dr. Lent explained that conserving suture material and drapes were crucial as they could only use what was necessary. He described the experience as “unique and challenging”, but said that not a single surgery patient was lost despite those challenges. Together, the team spayed or neutered 248 pets and gave over 500 rabies vaccines in just four days!

Veterinarians volunteering in Nicaragua

Aside from treating animals, meeting and interacting with the amazing people of Nicaragua was a major highlight of the trip. Though there was a language barrier for most, the smiles of gratitude were understood by all. Autumn, Assistant Manager of our Wakefield, MA Best Friends Pet Hotel location recalled, “The whole trip was amazing. I got to experience a dream come true and I am extremely grateful.”  Autumn goes on to explain one of her most memorable moments of the trip when she brought out an animal after surgery to give back to the owner, “the woman had tears in her eyes and though we didn’t speak the same language, we understood each other. She just thanked me over and over again as she cradled her sleepy cat. I won’t forget the appreciation she had for us.”  It was clear that the people of Nicaragua had love for their pets.

Nicaraguan Woman Holding Her Dog

Helping Communities and their pets

Puppy in a basket

It was a humbling and rewarding experience for our team members, who all thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Our vision of helping animals in Nicaragua was a success and we couldn’t have done it without World Vets! If you’d like to donate or volunteer for World Vets, you can visit their website. Thank you to all who volunteered their time! We are committed to improving the lives of others and their pets and we look forward to continuing to do so in the years to come. We can’t wait to see where we’ll get to volunteer in 2018!

Lakefield and Best Friends volunteer with World Vets

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Guardian Angels Event: Barks, Brews & BBQ

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Best Friends Pet Hotel had the opportunity to co-sponsor an event put on by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (GAMSD). This fundraiser event, Barks, Brews & BBQ, took place in Connecticut this summer and it was quite a success! Not only did the GAMSD team reach their $25,000 goal, but awareness was raised, friendships were made, and dogs were heroes to our heroes.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

GAMSD has been rescuing, raising, training, and then donating individually trained medical service dogs to pair with veterans that struggle with disabilities.  Just as their slogan says, “unleash the power to heal”, Guardian Angels believes in changing and improving lives through their service dogs. Since the organization’s beginning in 2010, they have successfully paired over 180 dogs with veterans. Each dog is trained to perform an array of tasks including alerting for help, alerting prior to a seizure, picking up dropped items, opening, and closing doors, mitigating the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by waking from nightmares and grounding from panic attacks, and more.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

From dog food, veterinary visits, and years of training, each dog is a big commitment to everyone involved in the process. The cost for each dog’s veterinary needs, food and supplements is a minimum cost of $1,780 per year. And thanks to everyone who donated to our Best Friends Connecticut locations, we were able to raise $1,735.42! This money will help Guardian Angels get one step closer to pairing up more service dogs with veterans in need!

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

 

 

If you’d like to donate, volunteer or learn more about the amazing work that Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs does, you can visit their website.

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4 Steps for a Disaster Preparedness Pet Plan

4 Steps for a Disaster Preparedness Pet Plan

Natural disasters bombard our cities and push people and pets alike out of their homes and fleeing to safety. Just recently, Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast, placing many people and their pets in danger. Though residents may know of a hurricane or another natural disaster’s pending arrival, there is only so much you can do given a few days warning. If you live in an area where you may be exposed to natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and more, you can never be too prepared. Here are 4 steps to create a disaster preparedness plan for you and your pet:

 

1. Get a Pet Rescue Alert Sticker

The ASPCA has Rescue Alert stickers for pet parents to put in their window. These stickers will let people outside of your home know that there may be pets inside your home during an emergency or disaster. In the case of a natural disaster, if you’ve taken your pets out of the home, remember to cross out the sticker to let people outside of your home know that there are not pets inside needing to be rescued.

 

2. Prepare A Pet Safety Kit

When a natural disaster hits, you’re likely in a scramble to get to safety. Having a Pet Safety Kit already prepared and ready to go can be a big help in a stressful time. Extra updated IDs, extra leashes, and collars, updated photos of your pet(s), vet/medical records, pet food, water, crate, blankets, or any other necessary items that are crucial to your pet’s wellbeing.

 

3. Coordinate A Safe Zone for Your Pet

In the case of an emergency or natural disaster, you should not leave your pets behind if you evacuate. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets. Though temporary shelters can take in humans, they do not always allow pets. It’s important to identify the safe zone shelters or lodging near you that allow pets, boarding facilities or friends and family that may be able to care for your pet in the event that you are unable to.

 

4. Purchase Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance is great in any case but it could be especially useful if there is a natural disaster in your town. There are several different options out there, but Petplan is one of our favorites! Pet insurance can help you pay unexpected veterinary bills in times of need.

 

The Best Friends Pet Hotel & Lakefield Veterinary Group have come together to donate to our team members in Houston, Texas. Houston is home to 12 of our hospitals and pet hotels, and many of them sustained overwhelming loses due to the severe flooding that occurred during and after Hurricane Harvey. Numerous doctors and team members selflessly worked to treat sick, injured and lost pets in the aftermath of the storm. If you’d like to learn more about the heroic stories of our team and our donation efforts, please visit our Houston Strong page.

 

SOURCES

  1. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness
  2. http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/features/petsanddisasters/index.html
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