October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is not a disease that discriminates. Women, men, dogs, and cats can all be victims. This year, the disease has hit the health care team at Heritage Veterinary Hospital in St. Louis. Technician Gina is undergoing chemo for breast cancer now. You might notice that Gina is only working a few days as she undertakes her battle. Gina, being Gina, has a smile on her face during the days that she feels well enough to be here working. Since Gina is only able to work a day or two during treatments, the Heritage health team has decided to spend the month of October raising awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds to offset some of the expenses occurred while Gina is unable to work.
On Saturday, October 17th, we will have a “NAIL-A-THON” starting at 1 p.m. Your pet’s nails will be trimmed by our volunteers for a donation of $10. We do require that your pet be current on its rabies vaccine and be on a leash no longer than 6 feet (leave the flexi leads at home) or in a carrier. Nails will not be filed. If your pet normally needs sedation for nail trimming, we ask that you come to see us at another time. We will not be trimming birds or reptile nails.
In addition to our NAIL-A-THON event, we are featuring a “Prints of Hope” event, where you can stop in and purchase a paw print for $1. Put your name or the name of someone you love on the foot print and add to the “Prints of Hope” wall to show your support. The Heritage health team will also be holding a raffle October 31st, with calls to prize winners made the following week. Occasionally, in October, we will have a bake sale as well. Treats will be for humans and/or dogs. We will post on Facebook when the elves have been baking! Donations are being sought for the raffle, should you or your business care to make a donation. Donations will be posted on our webpage and on Facebook.
Please share this information with your family and friends. Also follow Heritage Veterinary Hospital on Facebook during the month of October. We will also have some new blogs on our website covering the subject of breast cancer in our pets. With your help, we can spread the word about breast cancer while helping our Gina.
Let’s make this happen!
Dr. Kim Sanford, Dr. Frank McLaughlin, Dr. Kelvin Urday, Dr. Grace Long, Katy, Meagan, Diane, Amber,
Lynn, Molly, Nancy, Jenn, Braiden, Lou, Mutz, and Niki