No doubt you’ve seen many service dogs in action around your neighborhood or town. Maybe you even employ one yourself. Service dogs are highly trained to help humans in all sorts of situations, whether guiding the blind, providing comfort for the elderly, perform search-and-rescue, or even detecting seizures before they happen.
But in order to perform their job well, service dogs need to see the world around them clearly–and there are a number of eye diseases or injuries that could go unnoticed before they become dangerous or debilitating. Fortunately, ACVO and Stokes Rx, among other sponsors, have created the National Service Animal Eye Exam program. Throughout the whole month of May, service animals can be brought into participating vets to have a free eye exam, checking for any issues that need addressing.
So check with your local vet to see if they’re part of the program. If not, help them get registered so they can become an even more integral part of the local community and help service animals continue to be a vital part of their human families.
According Stacee Daniel, ACVO’s Executive Director: “Over 38,000 Service Animals have received these free screening exams over the past seven years. Please participate, support our ophthalmologists and sponsors to ensure this program continues in 2016 and beyond.”
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