AHS'S CHARITABLE GIVING, 2019
FOOD FOR DAYS - MONTHLY DONATIONS
As you may know if you have been with Animal Hospital of Statesville for any length of time, we feel it is our reponsibility to give back to our community. As such, we have chosen to give to Food for Days on an ongoing basis this year. Join us as we donate to this worthwhile program. Local students are fed by the school lunch program during the week. However, on the weekends, many don't have food to eat to nourish their bodies and minds on the weekend. This program sends home food for the students on weekends. There are 52 weekends in a year, which means without this program, these students go without proper food at least 104 days a year. We can help solve this crisis in Iredell County Schools by donating a food item monthly to fill the backpacks that go home with the children. If we EACH donate 4 items monthly, we are fulfilling that item for ONE child for ONE month. If everyone did that, we could eliminate the hunger problem for thousands of children right here in Iredell County. Each month features an item that goes into the backpacks for the children. Here is the "schedule" of items: January - CHEWY GRANOLA BARS (NO NUTS!); February - PUDDING CUPS; March - JUICE BOXES OR POUCHES; April - BEANS AND FRANKS (8-OZ.); May - RAVIOLI (FLIP-TOP CANS); June - OATMEAL - VARIETY PACK; July - CRACKERS - VARIETY PACK; August - RAMEN NOODLES; September - POPTARTS; October - COMPLETE MEALS; November - FRUIT AND APPLESAUCE CUPS; December - VIENNA SAUSAGES. Animal Hospital of Statesville now has a collection box for these monthly items to be deposited. We hope you will take this opportunity to help those who can't help themselves - the children of Iredell County. For more information on this program and ways to assist local children even more, please click here. As always, thank you for helping us help our neighbors in Statesville, Mooresville and all the surrounding areas in Iredell County!
FEATURED ARTIST - IREDELL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
The Iredell Photography Club has been in existence since the 1980's. The club currently meets at Mitchell Community College in the Continuing Education Building. Meetings take place at 7:00 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. There are roughly 20 members who share their passion for photography through meetings, as well as through photography outings. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to join. The talented "shutterbugs" of Iredell Photography Club exhibit at the Downtown Statesville Art Crawl every spring and fall. We're honored that this is Iredell Photography Club's second exhibit here in The Gallery at the Animal Hospital of Statesville. If you are interested in membership information for the group, please contact them via their Facebook page.
BRAVECTO AND SIMPARICA CONTROVERSY
As many of you are aware, the FDA released a statement last week indicating a possible connection of neurological events that occur in some dogs and cats receiving flea and tick products including Bravecto, Simparica, Nexgard and Credelio. Also within this statement was the comment that "these products continue to be safe and effective for the majority of animals".
We have dispensed Bravecto and Simparica from our clinic for several years with excellent results. They both do a fabulous job of controlling fleas and ticks along with the diseases that they spread, including Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and many others. We readily use these products on our own pets. Up to this point, we have not encountered any of the issues noted in the report.
We caution against overreaction to social media reports and emotional responses to concerns with their pets when people blame products for damage to their pets without any evidence of such injury. Frequently, the injury to the pet has nothing to do with the product in question. In obtaining FDA approval for their products, companies must meet rigorous standards before they are introduced to the market and must be proven effective and safe. While these products are tested extensively before receiving approval, there is always the potential for new information to emerge - hence, the statement from the FDA.
As with the "Trifexis kills dogs" campaign and the campaign against Proheart before it, rest assured that we will continue to monitor any factual evidence and, if these products prove to be a concern, we will immediately stop selling the product and contact all owners whose pets are affected. As always, the health and safety of your pet is our primary concern. At this point, we feel any risk of using these products is far outweighed by the prevention of the multitude of issues associated with fleas and ticks. If this changes, rest assured that we will let you know immediately.
Dr. Chip Cooney, Dr. Nichola Gaither, Dr. Ashly LaRoche & Dr. Kristin Christy
DONATION TO FOREVER HOMES CANINE RESCUE
Friends of the NCVMA Foundation presented an outreach grant to Forever Homes Canine Rescue to assist in their efforts to help animals in need. The NCVMA continually promotes integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine. The Friends of the NCVMA Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity, whose purpose is to educate the public and students at all levels as to the science and art of veterinary medicine. Each year the district within the NCVMA picks a deserving non-profit animal rescue organization to receive the grant. Forever Homes Canine Rescue is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer group that is dedicated to finding loving and responsible “forever” homes for pets. They also provide education regarding responsible pet ownership. For more information, visit their website at www.foreverhomek9rescue.org.
Pictured from right to left: Dr. Nichola Gaither, Animal Hospital of Statesville; Sandy Mills, Forever Homes Canine Rescue; Dr. Bradley Mills, NCVMA District 10 Representative.
READERS' CHOICE AWARDS
Thank you Statesville! The Record & Landmark's Readers' Choice Awards have honored us with the Best Hospital and the Best Kennel for many years! We really work hard to earn your trust, your business and your loyalty, and know that none of this would be possible without great clients like you! Thank you so much for this honor. We are truly thankful, and feel very blessed!