Pet Peeves: Free eye exams for service dogs

Pet Peeves: Eye exams

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Service dogs do so much to help people in our community who need a little assistance with their eyesight, with their mobility, and even with emotional support.

With such important jobs, it makes sense that someone should also check up on these service dogs. That’s why veterinary ophthalmologists all over the country are volunteering to give free eye exams during the entire month of May to those service animals who selflessly serve the public, including guide dogs, handicapped assistance animals, detection dogs, search and rescue dogs and therapy animals.

These ophthalmologists are like their counterparts in human medicine – they have taken years of additional training to become experts in eye health. The board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists at BluePearl Veterinary Partners are participating in these free eye exams.

 “I love the opportunity to examine the eyes of dogs who contribute so much to our community. Their eyesight is often instrumental to their ability to perform services and keep their handlers safe. I love that my training in ophthalmology allows me to help out these dogs and ultimately the humans behind the service animals.”

To qualify, dogs must be actively working service or therapy animals that are certified by a formal training program or enrolled in one. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. You can register a service dog for an eye exam at www.ACVOeyeexam.org.

After registering, handlers can call the BluePearl hospital in Grand Rapids at 616-284-5300 to schedule an appointment.

Registration ends April 30. All exams will be scheduled for May.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners is located in Grand Rapids on the Medical Mile just East of Fuller. Click here to visit their website.

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