Service DogsService animals are amazing creatures.  They selflessly and lovingly perform all sorts of tasks for their human wards.  Every once in awhile it is nice for us to be able to return the favor to them.  That is why Dr. Gearhart, Oakland Veterinary Referral Service’s veterinary ophthalmologist, is participating in ACVO/Merial’s National Service Dog Eye Exams during the month of May.

During this campaign, boarded veterinary ophthalmologists provide free ocular screening examinations to qualified service animals.  During this screening, problems such as redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, cataracts, and other serious diseases will be able to be identified.  By providing this service, they hope to identify and prevent any problems that may affect the animal’s vision.  Detecting problems early is essential to these dogs’ futures.

If you would like more information regarding this program or would like to find out if an animal you know meets the qualifications, please visit our ophthalmology page and click on “Free Eye Exams for Active Service Dogs.”