June 2015 Newsletter

What’s going on at EAH?
  • Our 3rd annual Ebenezer Animal Hospital Charity Dog Wash is this Saturday (June 6th)! Don’t forget to bring your dirty pooch by the hospital (rain or shine!) from 9am to 2pm for a bath! There is a $10 suggested donation per dog, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Project Safe Pet’s Community Spay/Neuter program! You don’t have to bathe your own dog AND you make a donation to a great cause- it’s a Win Win!
  • Our York County Humane Society Donation Drive was a huge success! Thank you so much to all who donated supplies in our April and May drive! The Humane Society of York County was grateful to receive all the cleaning supplies, blankets, carriers, bowls, food, and so much more that our generous clients donated!
  • We will be closing early (at 6pm) on Wednesday, June 17th instead of our normal closing time of 9pm. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Rest assured – your grooming patients are safe in our care! Many of you have heard about the sad and unfortunate situation in Virginia where a canine patient overheated and passed away after being groomed. Rest assured, our grooming patients at EAH are never placed under a heated dryer and thus are not at risk for over heating. Our dryers DO NOT have any heating elements, and dry by forced air only. Safe, reliable, and gets the job done. Our groomer Sheila is glad to discuss any concerns with you that you may have.
  • Dr. Hreiz will be available during the following Sundays for regular appointments, sick exams, emergencies, and any other services requested. Unfortunately we cannot schedule routine surgeries during these times (much like Saturday) since he will be the only doctor available.  As always, boarding drop offs and pick ups are still available during these hours.   Call our hospital to make an appointment!
    Like our occasional Sunday hours? Let us know if you’d like them to stick around! [email protected]

    • Sunday, June 21st: Open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Canine Influenza (CI)- what you need to know!
Everyone is talking about it and it’s all over the news – It’s the canine flu. What’s it all about? Is your dog safe? Should you be concerned? 

First, we will provide you with a great link from the American Veterinary Medical Association – this clearly outlines all you need to know – https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/FAQs/Pages/Control-of-Canine-Influenza-in-Dogs.aspx

Next, please know that our veterinarians are discussing the status of the canine influenza on a regular basis, ensuring that our patients remain safe. 

Most cases have been diagnosed in the midwest area of the US, and while two cases have been diagnosed in Georgia, as of now no cases of CI have been diagnosed in either South or North Carolina.

Symptoms of CI usually begin much like they would for a cold or flu in humans – a cough, sneezing, lethargy, inappetance, etc, so it’s important to have your pet seen by one of our veterinarians sooner rather than later if you have concerns. For most patients, treating these symptoms alleviates the issue. However, for patients that are very young, older, or have compromised immune systems, symptoms may linger or develop into more persistent problems such as pneumonia. Although fatalities from CI are relatively uncommon, they can occur in the more advanced stages of the illness. 

Please be aware that we still strongly recommend the bordetella vaccine for any dogs who will be coming into contact with other dogs at any point. Although this vaccine will not protect against CI, it does protect against the highly contagious respiratory disease known as kennel cough. 

Although the current strain of CI is likely NOT covered by the current flu vaccine available, we will still be offering the vaccine at EAH for those clients who are particularly concerned. Studies will be revealed in coming months as to whether there is any efficacy against the current strain in the currently available vaccination – we will let ou know once this information is available. Please note that to be eligable for the vaccine, all canines must be a current patient of EAH, be generally healthy, and must NOT be exhibiting any symptoms of respiratory issues.

Please give us a call at 803.366.1950 or email at [email protected] if you have any questions.  

Upcoming EAH Community Projects and Events!
June 6th, 2015

EAH’s 3rd Annual Charity Dog Wash!

For the past few years, volunteer staff members of EAH have set aside time on a Saturday to bathe dirty dogs and raise money for charity. We are excited to say that we will be doing it again this year! 

Bring your dog out to EAH from 9am-2pm on Saturday, June 6th for our 3rd Annual Charity Dog Wash. 100% of proceeds will benefit Project Safe Pet’s Community Spay/Neuter program. 

We can’t wait to see you there!  

July, 2015

Amazon Smile!

During the month of July, we would love to encourage each of you to give back to your community on a daily basis- and you can do that by shopping on Amazon!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at www.amazonsmile.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. The EAH family is electing to support the Rock Hill School District Foundation, so you can join that cause or you can choose from nearly one million organizations to support… whatever is close to your heart. 

To learn more about AmazonSmile, please visit www.amazonsmile.com . It costs you nothing and helps support a cause important to you. 

August 1st31st!

Back to School donation drive!

The new school year is just around the corner… and some children in our area won’t have the supplies needed to get off on the right foot. Please bring new school supplies by our hospital during the month of August. Donations will go to the Rock Hill Children’s Attention Home
Need ideas to donate? Find a helpful list here!

EAH Highlighted Staff Member – Susie!

Susie worked in veterinary medicine earlier in life, took some time off, and then joined the Ebenezer team in 2006 to get back in touch with her love of the veterinary field. Susie finds her relationships with our clients and patients the most rewarding aspect of her career, and that shows in her daily interactions with everyone in the EAH family. “Watching our patients grow, and growing with them, makes them a part of my personal family.”

Outside of work, Susie has plenty to keep her busy! She enjoys gardening flowers and plants, sewing, visiting her children and seven grandchildren, and traveling! Her favorite travel destinations have been Switzerland and the beach!

Next time you are at EAH, please take a moment to say hello and get to know Susie!

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