Wishing you a Happy and Blessed Easter!
WOW! It’s hard to believe, but this week marks our 5th Anniversary! What a wonderful, blessed five years it’s been to be a part of the Youngsville community. Every year we try to take this week and make it special, and this year’s no exception. For our anniversary this week, we’re offering 50% off ALL annual cat and dog exams! And just like in previous years, everyone who comes in is eligible for our thank you prizes. Normally, we have our fun wheel of prizes to spin, but with COVID we’re simply doing a “Pick a Number” type format – you pick a number between 1 and 5, and you’ll win that corresponding prize.
THANK YOU AGAIN to all of our clients, supporters and just the entire Youngsville and surrounding areas for five outstanding years!
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|YAH is passing on this statement from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine regarding the recent developments of a positive SARS-COV-2 diagnosis on a client:|
On Monday August 3, 2020 at approximately 6:00 p.m., a client arrived at the NC State Veterinary Hospital with their dog who was demonstrating signs of respiratory distress. The client alerted staff that members of the family had previously tested positive for COVID-19. Following hospital protocol, a technician dressed in personal protective equipment met the client in the parking lot and admitted the animal directly into the hospital’s infectious disease isolation unit. Hospital staff provided immediate emergency measures, but unfortunately the dog died shortly after. Samples collected from the dog were tested initially for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 in people, in the hospital diagnostic laboratory and then sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for confirmatory testing. Those tests at NVSL have confirmed a positive SARS-COV-2 diagnosis. The cause of death in this dog remains under investigation, and it is possible that the presence SARS-CoV-2 virus was an incidental finding and not the cause of the disease. NC State Veterinary Hospital staff notified the family and state health officials of the positive test result and are continuing to work closely with the state health department. Staff also notified a private veterinary office that evaluated the dog on Aug. 3 before referring it to the NC State Veterinary Hospital. It is always difficult when someone loses a pet for any reason, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Hospital team would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family of this patient. Due to patient confidentiality, no additional information about this case can be provided at this time. This is the first confirmed positive COVID-19 animal case at the NC State Veterinary Hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control: “Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html
If you’ve been by the clinic this week or plan on stopping by, we ask your patience with us as we are undergoing a little facelift on the building. Our soffit that wraps around the building’s exterior is being redone, hope you enjoy the changes!
Our friends at AP Construction are doing a great job keeping things clean and safe while performing the work, so we thank them for their professionalism and great work they are doing. Feel free to check them out as well for your restoration and construction needs.
|International Cat Day was created to celebrate the friendship between humans and cats, and to advocate for the safety and well-being of cats. Cats bring joy into the lives of so many people, so today is about celebrating them!|
Celebrate with us! Send us a selfie of your kitty, so we can share it with others! Adopt a homeless cat from the local shelter this month and receive a free physical exam for your new companion.
All this week, all feline annual or semiannual exams are $10 off. Call to schedule your appointment today!
|July 31st is National Mutt Day! This special day was created to be celebrated on two dates per year, to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation, as approximately 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds. Our mission is to educate you about the sea of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes, and to celebrate the amazing characteristics that the mix of breeds creates in each individual dog. Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, to live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of purebred dogs – such as bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue and guiding the blind. There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. If you are looking for another furry canine friend, please consider adopting from the shelter. Send us a selfie and tell us about your marvelous mutt today!|
If you’ve been by the clinic in the past week or so, you’ve probably noticed a new face around the office. We’re so pleased and excited to welcome Kaitlyn Coggins-O’Neal to the YAH family!
|Kaitlyn has always had passion for animals. At a young age, she could be seen helping her mother rescue kittens or tending a small livestock farm with her father. During her time as a child and in the professional field, Kaitlyn has gained valuable experience with animals from all walks of life. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband,Tyler, and their four-legged children: Peppers, Bella, Wookie, & Callie. Kailtyn also enjoys reading, fishing and volunteering at animal shelters or farms. She is very excited to help the pets of the community as she grows and learns with the YAH family.|
Now YAH goes with you anywhere and everywhere with our new app! Download it today from the Google Play or Apple App stores. You can make appointments, order food and prescriptions, and even have a little fun by uploading pics and selfies of you and your furbabies. That’s the best part!
To download from either the Google Play or Apple App Stores, simply search for ‘Youngsville Animal Hospital” and you’ll have YAH right at your fingertips!
July is dedicated to bring attention to lost pets. Here are some sobering statistics:
Did you know that more pets go missing over the 4th of July than any other time of the year? But the big booms of those fireworks aren’t the only reason that your furbaby may end up missing.
Lost pets instances also increase when a pet is adopted into a new home for the first time. One of the biggest challenges that new adoptive pet owners face is that many times a pet coming into a new household might be intimidated, nervous, and also curious. If they find a way to get out and explore, they will. Make sure your home is escape proof and monitor the pet more closely until they feel safe in their new surroundings. Doing your research and making sure you know the best ways to prevent your pet from getting lost is a big part of being a responsible pet parent.
If you adopt a feline, keep them indoors. That is the safest way to take care of your cat. In addition, be sure to have your feline microchipped. It is not recommended to keep collars on indoor cats, unless they are break-away collars that have been safety tested. However, make sure that you know the most common scenarios of lost cats, as they differ from dogs. All dogs should be microchipped and should have a collar with an external ID tag. We all know that accidents happen: somebody leaves a door or a gate open, and the dog just might run out for whatever reason. We can expedite getting them home if they have a proper ID tag on their collar. But in the event that comes off, the microchip will help get their pet safely home.
Know the facts and of course YAH is here to help! We offer guidance and therapies for animals that exhibit anxiety, and of course we offer and recommend microchipping your pets for identification purposes.
The Wake Weekly “Best of the Best” voting is up for this year and we’re asking your help – vote for YAH for the area’s best veterinarian! It’s simple – click on this link: https://wakeweekly.com/bestofthebest/#/gallery?group=350153 Simply scroll down to Best Veterinarian and click on Youngsville Animal Hospital.
You can also scan the QR code and be taken to the same website, it’s that simple!
Vote once a day as many times as you’d like up to July 31st. Don’t forget your other favorite area businesses while you’re there! As always we thank you for your support!
We’re back this week for our annual 4th of July blog highlighting some safety tips for your animals around fireworks. Let’s also not forget how hot it’s been the past few days, so later this week we’ll talk a bit more about pet safety in these steamy summer months. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday week this week, Happy 244th Birthday America!