Service animals in our region can get a free eye exam next month.
Registration is open for this year's National Service Dog Eye Exam event happening in May. And it isn't just for dogs -- other certified companions are also eligible.
Since it was launched in 2008, nearly 16,000 service animals have been checked. Veterinarians say they hope early diagnosis will lead to better treatment for the working animals.
"These can be used in a number of ways, one to screen dogs for inherited eye problems or to look for possibly new or low-grade eye problems," says Dr. Sarah Hoy with Vermont Veterinary Eye Care.
Active working animals are eligible for the free screenings, including military and police canines, guide dogs, and dogs that help people with other disabilities. This is also the first year therapy dogs are included.