Upcoming open house at Amherst Veterinary Hospital

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Doctors Carolyn Hollis (left) and Tanya Sparling, who also owns the Amherst Veterinary Hospital, and office manager Jen Carey, invite everybody to visit the hospital during their open house Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Dogs Bouftou (left) who recently had his front right leg amputated, and Gracie who is dressed up for Halloween, also invite everybody to come out and have a good time.

AMHERST– Does Mr. Snuggy-Bear have the sniffles?

A local veterinary hospital is extending its services to include treating plush toys – or ‘Stuffies’ to use the scientific term.

Amherst Veterinary Hospital will be holding an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., on Saturday.

In addition to a live ultrasound demo, surgery videos and a talk on flea treatments, veterinary staff will be doing checkups on teddy bears.

For lovers of live animals, the Lillian Allbon shelter will have adoptable pets onsite, too.

The open house will be the first since the hospital changed ownership.

“The support we’ve received from the community and clients has been tremendous,” said owner and veterinarian Dr. Tanya Sparling.

Sparling, who grew up locally and returned to the area to practice as a vet, said a large number of local households have pets and many of them come through the doors of AVH at one time or another.

According to the doctor, an open house is a way of showing clients, animal lovers and the curious the breadth of care available at the hospital, and the passion the staff at the facility share for animal medicine.

“It’s about bringing people into the conversation. Clients know more about their pets than ever and it’s vital they have a voice in their loved one’s care,” said Sparling. “An open house is a great way to open lines of communication and improve the service we provide to Cumberland and beyond.”

The open house is a free event.

Refreshments will be offered at no cost and there will be raffle prizes. The hospital is located at 311 Willow St. and can be reached at 667-8405

Organizations: Amherst Veterinary Hospital

Geographic location: Cumberland

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