While all pets hold a very important place in our hearts, service dogs take that importance to a whole new level. Service dogs spend much of their life assisting and helping their owners, and it only seems right for us to help them in return. IndyVet agrees with this idea, which is why we’re coming up on the 7th annual National Service Animal Eye Exam event in May.
Dr. Heidi Klein (IndyVet’s chief ophthalmologist) will join with over 250 board-certified veterinarians nation-wide to provide FREE eye exams to beloved service dogs in the community. As for why we’re telling you about this event over a month in advance, registration for the event is this month and there are only so many slots available. If you or someone you know owns a service dog that could use a FREE checkup, register online by clicking here and checking out the event website.
In order to qualify, service dogs must be certified by a formal training program or organization, or currently enrolled in one. If so, the exams will consist of using specialized equipment to look for problems like redness, corneal changes, early cataracts, and other abnormalities. Eyesight is pivotal to service dogs who often have to see for their owners, and early detection of any issues can make a big difference down the road. We salute our service animals in the community, and hope that this event will be of help.