Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
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Thanks for Supporting Military Pets!

Throughout the summer, all 52 of our Best Friends locations and affiliated veterinary hospitals collected donations to support the efforts of Dogs on Deployment and the military pets and families that they help. Because of your generosity, we were able to collect a total of $6549.00 for this amazing cause.

THANK YOU all so much!

Please read more about this amazing organization below and continue supporting their efforts. To make a donation or to learn how you can join their network click here.

“Military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their careers, the last thing they need to worry about is their pet’s care during their service commitments. Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner’s service commitments. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency.” -

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Pets & Pet Owners Invited to Grand Opening of New Vet Hospital in Castleton

Tails will be wagging on Saturday, Sept. 13 when Best Friends Total Pet Care celebrates the opening of its new full-service veterinary hospital at 8224 Bash St, Indianapolis.

Well-mannered four-legged friends on leash and their human companions are invited to meet veterinarian Dr. Renae Swiatkowski, and take a tour of the facility between noon and 4 p.m. 

Guests can enjoy free nail trims, free pet photos, a raffle for prices and giveaways. There will be activities throughout the afternoon, including a doggy ice cream social and musical matts. Guests can also take part in a doggy “shedding” competition, a hot dog limbo contest and other games.

There will also be pet adoptions with Central Indiana Lab Rescue and Mended Hearts Rescue.

Best Friends Total Pet Care’s new veterinary hospital will offer complete health and medical care for dogs, cats as well as some small animals. Services include routine pet health care exams, vaccinations, emergency care, general surgery and dentistry. The practice offers on-site diagnostic testing, radiology and laboratory services. To encourage pet owners to provide health care for their companion animals, the hospital is offering free initial exams for new pet patients.

Hospital hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome after 9 a.m. For more information or directions to the grand opening party, call 317- 841-8182 or visit the website at


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Best Friends Opens Veterinary Hospital with Free Initial Exams

Complete care for dogs and cats under one roof now available in Prairie View

Prairie View, IL, August 27, 2014 — Best Friends Total Pet Care has added a full-service veterinary hospital to it pet care center at 22096 North Pet Lane. The facility now provides comprehensive pet care services — boarding, day camp, grooming, training and veterinary care — all in one convenient location.

The new veterinary hospital opened August 11. Led by Cassandra Lewis, DVM, the practice offers complete health care and medical services for dogs, cats as well as some small animals, including routine health care exams and vaccinations, general surgery and dentistry. The hospital has on-site diagnostic testing, radiology and laboratory services to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment. Working with Dr. Lewis, will be Catherine O’Keefe, DVM.

Every new pet patient of the hospital will receive a free initial exam. In addition, to encourage pet owners to provide routine health care for their companion animals, Best Friends is launching a pet wellness plan. The Total Care Plan covers a free annual exam, unlimited office visits and discounts on routine health services, plus a 10 percent discount on other pet care services – including boarding, grooming and doggy day camp.

“Our goal is to provide outstanding health care service to pets — and their owners — in a caring and compassionate environment,” says Dr. Lewis. “Our services are designed to help every pet live the healthiest, happiest life possible.”

Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship at the Kendall Road Equine Hospital in Elgin, before moving to Wisconsin to work with companion animals at a mixed animal care hospital. Her specialties are surgery, preventative care, and internal medicine. Dr. Lewis and her husband recently returned to Illinois and share their home with two dogs and two cats and an assortment of fish and other sea creatures.

Dr. O’Keefe graduated from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her internship at VCA Berwyn and Aurora. She worked in internal and emergency medicine for several years, then in the Oncology and Hematology Department at the Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Since returning to general practice, she has studied veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine, which she employs in her practice. She moved to Chicagoland two years ago with her husband, two children and two cats.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 from 12 to 4 p.m. Pet lovers are invited to join the staff for contests and games, tours, free nail trims, raffles and giveaways.

The hospital is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome after 9 a.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 847-634-9444 or visit the website at

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