AMHERST - It's all about keeping your pets healthy, from their teeth down to their toes.
In celebration of that, the Amherst Veterinary Hospital is recognizing Animal Health Week, whose slogan is "care to prepare," until Saturday.
"Animal Health Week started with the national (veterinary) association because we wanted to let the public know what we do," said Dr. Boyd Taylor, owner and operator of the local clinic.
"And we're trying to let people know what else we can do for their animals."
While vaccines are the top priority at the clinic, it also promotes products for deworming, fleas and illnesses such as the Parvovirus, which the hospital is educating the public on.
With four incoming lines at the animal hospital, clients with questions will be able to find the answers they're looking for from the staff.
"Not only does it give the chance for the public to focus on healthy animals, it gives the staff a chance to focus on it too, and for them to say, 'We're doing a good job and we need to continue to do a good job,'" said Taylor.
Mary Lusby, the head receptionist, said the staff is constantly educating themselves, not just the public, by attending courses on products available, blood work and food as examples, and turning that information around for their clients.
"We don't mind answering questions," Lusby said, adding one client heard about the recent cases of Parvovirus the hospital has seen and asked for more information.
When she got the information on the illness, the woman took it upon herself to create and post flyers in her own community, said Lusby.
By doing so, she may have been able to keep fellow community members' pets healthy.
Having just come off a conference on chronic pain in pets, Dr. Taylor said it's never an easy decision for a pet owner to make, nor is there a right time to make it.
"Animal Health Week is also about promoting what a professional can do to make the animal's life more fulfilled," he said, noting that many pet owners when faced with that decision wait a while before making it.
For more information on making your pet's life a healthy one, contact the animal hospital at 667-8405.