Warm weather is almost here and many of you may be heading out of town to events or vacations. We wanted to let you know that there are a handful of boarding facilities that are requiring a special test on a stool sample called the Giardia Elisa. Giardia is a microscopic organism that, when present, is often found on routine screening. We do not require this specific test for boarding at BHPH nor do we test for this during wellness visits. Additionally, the Influenza vaccination may also be required at some locations. Please inquire with your boarding/daycare facility about their requirements. If they do have the above as requirements and you wish to have either the Giardia test or the Influenza vaccine (to be completed in a series of TWO injections 2-3 weeks apart) done at BHPH, please call us to schedule a visit.
As we look forward to Spring, we also look back to Winter for the winner of Employee of the Month for February. It has been a long winter and the Kennel Group has gotten us all through it. With that in mind, this month, we are changing things up and honoring Elmer, Angel, Jonathan, Teddy and Ixmucane as collective winners this month. The Kennel Group has worked hard all winter to clean up the kennel by power washing all the runs, organizing items on new shelving, discarding unused items, salting, shoveling and snow blowing the parking lot before we open and even building a shed for all of the power tools. This has all been in addition to their usual responsibilities. They have all worked hard and now deserve to be recognized as winners this month. Much of their work is behind the scenes but doesn't go unnoticed. Please thank them all for all that they do to help keep BHPH clean and safe for us, our clients and their pets.
Dr. Steve Zeide is involved with and on the board of The Stamford Animal Shelter Alliance (SASA) (previously known as Stamford Helping Paws). It is a public/private nonprofit partnership set up by the City of Stamford to be the official fundraising organization for the Stamford Animal Control & Care Center (SACCC), Stamford’s municipal animal shelter. Their primary mission is to raise money to augment that which the City of Stamford can allocate to build a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter, a long-overdue and desperately needed project. SASA will be participating in the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Giving Day fundraiser on February 28th. Please ‘follow’ and ‘like’ the Stamford Animal Shelter Alliance on Facebook and consider making a tax-deductible donation on Giving Day via their website or click on their Giving Day landing page. If everyone who wishes to see a new animal shelter in Stamford donates even $10 to SASA on Giving Day, SASA could win a $20,000 bonus prize. For more information about SASA, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If that isn't enough incentive to donate already, BHPH will be donating one week of Pet Lodging to the first 5 people to donate $300 or more. So please mark your calendars for Giving Day on 2/28 and and consider a donation to help get us a step closer to a new animal shelter here in Stamford.
Our January Employee of the Month is Jorge. He does a great job each month helping to keep things running smoothly upstairs, especially when Maribel or Otto are away. He not only helped bear the burden of extra shifts, but he took on the leadership role several days when Maribel was away. Jorge was also very helpful in assisting Dr. Petrie with patients. Jorge is good at what he does and is well liked by staff, clients and the pets he handles. Best of all, you know if you work with him, you will have a good time. He is a hard worker, always has a smile and he keeps things light and fun with his humor. For these, and many more reasons, this award is well deserved. Congratulations, Jorge!
This month Sandi is our Employee of the Month for December. Sandi "worked like a dog" during the month of December. She had such high demand for grooming appointments that she overbooked herself to accommodate everyone. As a result, she spent many long days here and she even worked two Saturdays in December to get it all done on time so no one was disappointed. Despite the large volume of dogs being done, Sandi got rave reviews on the cuts as usual. Thank you Sandi for your dedication to your clients and making sure their pets all looked their holiday best. Congratulations on your win!
This month we celebrate Ann as our November Employee of the Month. You never know where you will find Ann: downstairs in the kennel, in the pharmacy as a Concierge or Floater or even upstairs as Hospital Kennel Staff on Sundays. No matter where she is, she wears a smile, has a story to tell and is often in search of a cute puppy or kitten to hold and show everyone. Ann is a jack of all trades and we appreciate her flexibility in scheduling, her dedication to the pets who walk through our doors and for her ongoing commitment to BHPH. Well done, Ann!
Please congratulate Kimber for being our October Employee of the Month! Kimber always has a smile and is ready to take on the day when she gets here. Her bubbly personality make her perfect for interacting with clients and their pets and it is always a pleasure working with her. With her infectious laugh, she often has us all in stitches, but she does take her work seriously. Recently, she has been especially helpful training new Dr Assistants as well as helping out as Concierge when needed. Wherever she is, you always know you will have a good time working with Kimber. Keep up the good work, Kimber!
Congratulations to Maribel as our September Employee of the Month! This is a well deserved award as she has really stepped up into a leadership role this year, especially on days Otto is not around. Maribel keeps the Techs organized, on task and makes sure things are done efficiently. As a CVT, her skill set continues to grow and at the same time, she imparts her knowledge to Tech Assistants or to other staff training upstairs. With her positive, can-do attitude, everyone enjoys working with her and clients appreciate her wonderful pet care and cute pet updates with photos when they are away. Ash also loves Maribel as without her adoption of him, he wouldn't be the spoiled Hospital kitty that he has become. Great job, Maribel! Keep up the good work!
Merck, makers of Braveto, responds to the FDA's notification to pet owners and veterinarians about potential neurological effects in dogs and cats treated with flea and tick drugs containing isoxazoline. Here is their official company response and then below it is a link to a fact sheet for more information on the topic. “Merck Animal Health, the manufacturer of the Bravecto portfolio of products, remains confident in the safety and efficacy of Bravecto, which has been established through comprehensive clinical research in more than 170 studies. Nothing has changed about the Bravecto product. The current FDA communication is based on information gathered on the isoxazoline class as a whole and therefore applies to all products in the class, which includes Bravecto. After over three years of surveillance of more than 80 million Bravecto doses distributed in 85 countries, the overall worldwide reporting rate for neurological signs, including seizures, remains classified as very rare. Very rare is defined by international regulatory authorities as less than 1 in 10,000 reported adverse events. Every molecule is unique, even within a class, and each has its own safety profile. This is why it’s important for all pet owners to speak to their veterinarian before making a decision about flea and tick control products for their dog. Nothing is more important to Merck Animal Health than the safety and efficacy of our products and the well-being of animals. We encourage all pet owners to speak to their veterinarian before making a decision about flea and tick control products. More than just a nuisance, fleas and ticks transmit disease and pose animal and human health risks. It is critical to protect pets from these parasites.” Link to FDA Fact Sheet >
Our Employee of the Month for August is Luisa! Although she is often found out front, Luisa floats seamlessly from the front to the back as needed to be a DA or Concierge. She also has done a great job training our new CSRs, as well as managing our food orders. Having been with us for several years, she is also always a good resource for both clients and staff to tap for information. You never know where you will find Luisa each day, but no matter where she is, you know the job she is assigned will be done well and done on time. Thank you Luisa for all that you do for the hospital, your co-workers and our patients! Job well done!