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More Than 1,500 Service Dogs Receive Free Sight Saving Eye Exams
Date:5/20/2009

to get his free eye exam. Board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Robert Peiffer, examined the 6 year-old black lab/golden retriever mix and gave Eagle a clean bill of health. "In these exams, we hope to identify any health issues in their early stages," says Dr. Peiffer. "Early detection and treatment are the keys to fast recovery."

At Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center, in Bedford Hills, NY, Pele, a young Labrador retriever was examined by board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Cory Mosunic. "We're looking for any retinal disease or early cataracts," says Dr. Mosunic. "We're also looking for things that will limit their vision down the road, whether it's an ingrown hair or anything that can result in a scratch of the cornea. It's a complete ocular exam." Pele is from Puppies Behind Bars, an organization providing psychiatric service dogs to soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. "I'm deeply appreciative of the veterinarians that participate in this," says Puppies Behind Bars President and Founder, Gloria Gilbert Stoga. "I think it's a wonderful service."

Dogs participating included active "working dogs" that were certified by a formal training program or organization or currently enrolled in a formal training program. Specific service groups are listed on the website at www.acvoeyeexam.org.

Plans for next year
This is the second year for the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. Plans for next year are already underway and will likely take place again the first week of May 2010. People are invited to learn more, by visiting '/>"/>

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