The second thing my wonderful, artistic and creative wife, Vicki, did for our new animal hospital in 2002 was to engage our clients to submit a story about one of their pets. We were to pick the best ones from the submissions and create a book for our reception area that contained their stories and a commemorative tile in their pet’s name to line our reception desk in the lobby of the new (now existing) hospital. Well…we couldn’t chose since they were ALL good so we chose all of them. You can still find these stories in our waiting area in a large notebook. The photos shown here are some of the tiles of these beloved pets.
When we built the hospital in 2002, we asked our clients to have their kids enter a drawing of their pet in a contest. My wife, Vicki, the amazing artist, took the drawings and carefully traced them into clay tiles. She then glazed and fired them in her kiln at Bluegill Pottery. Then we mounted them all in a frame and they are hanging today in our facility. Believe me, these two wall hangings are HEAVY! They had to be mounted in our concrete wall! They are still there today. The imagination of these youngsters was just awesome. Since these were done in 2002, some of these youngsters are young adults now. Maybe you recognize yours or someone you know? You can see photos here of the two wall hangings and a close ups of two of the tiles. Watch for Part Two of the story coming soon!
We’ve been doing some remodeling and upgrading at the hospital. We repainted the front office decorated with new artwork and separate off a smaller section of seating for our pet parents with smaller pets and cats to decrease the stress in the waiting area. We now have complimentary refrigerated water in reception. All the floors were redone with a super high quality hospital grade flooring (which is beautiful, by the way). Our parking area has been upgraded and resealed. We added some sound absorbing panels in our hospital areas to decrease noise stress of our patients and clients.
We have also installed upgraded inhouse lab equipment to provide the most rapid diagnostics for your pet. Our computer systems are being upgraded as well as other some of the other equipment in the hospital.
Very soon, we will have a backup generator that will power the entire hospital in case of power outage. This should be installed in the coming weeks.
We are excited about striving to continue to provide a state-of-the-art full service veterinary hospital to better serve you and your pets.
We hope to see you come by this month and stop in for some holiday cheer and have a look around. We’re very proud of our facility and continue to strive to deliver the best experience for you and your pet.
We want to thank all of our clients who helped by bringing in canned goods for our local food drive. It was a huge success! We collected over 350 canned food products and brought them to the Woodlawn Baptist Church Local Food Bank in Lowell where they will go out to local families. We have done this for many years now, and this was the largest number of cans collected. A big thanks again to all who helped!
Of course, many dogs and cats got a discounted day at the spa for their pet parents bringing in the goods!
Pictured here is Lesley Johnson, our Boarding and Grooming Services Director and Sally Stone, our Practice Manager delivering the canned goods (pictured on the left) to Pastor Mitch Evans of the local food bank. We are very thankful and proud to be able to contribute to this activity.
Ok, so every now and then we have some fun. We did our annual Christmas photo shoot with our “world famous photographer” (my wife, Vicki Gill) and had a great time. Thanks to Belinda, our longest term staff member (since 1988) who let us use her facility (The Iris in Belmont) for a Wilkinson Animal Hospital “night on the town”. We brought in some food for the staff and had a great time creating our photos. You’ll have to wait and see on the actual photo turn out, but here’s us attempting the Cam Newton Dab.
Watch your email for the final photo!
At Wilkinson Animal Hospital, one of our purposes is to support and nurture the human-animal bond. That is because we totally understand the special bond between a pet parent and their pet. As pet owners, we all instinctively know that that special bond of unconditional love has value to our emotional health, but what about our physical health?
There are numerous studies confirming the value of pet ownership to the health of our bodies and minds. Here are some of the benefits that have been found out from studies:
Decreased Health Care Costs
Considering the rising costs of health care, get this:
“From a purely financial benefit, a recent study by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation, conducted by two researchers from George Mason University, has unleashed a more startling finding: Pet ownership could reduce U.S. health care costs by $11.7 billion.” Now isn’t that cool?
Improved Heart Health
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have done studies on the cardiovascular health benefits of caring for a pet. Their findings?
- Decreased Blood pressure
- Decreased Cholesterol levels
- Decreased Triglyceride levels
All which lead to a lower risk of heart attack. And pet-owners who are recovering from heart attacks have better recovery rates. – Source: http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/
“Several studies have shown that dog owners may get more exercise and other health benefits than the rest of us. One NIH-funded investigation looked at more than 2,000 adults and found that dog owners who regularly walked their dogs were more physically active and less likely to be obese than those who didn’t own or walk a dog. Another study supported by NIH followed more than 2,500 older adults, ages 71-82, for 3 years. Those who regularly walked their dogs walked faster and for longer time periods each week than others who didn’t walk regularly. Older dog walkers also had greater mobility inside their homes than others in the study.”
Better Social Life?
Ok, so, remember the movie “Must Love Dogs”? Well, your pet can be a conversation starter at a dog park, or on a walk, etc.
Some other things I found were fewer allergic sensitivities, decreased stress, lower rates of obesity, and the benefits of therapy dogs helping people recovering from disease and helping the elderly in nursing homes.
At Wilkinson Animal Hospital, our team is totally on board with helping pets to live longer, healthier lives, while celebrating and nurturing the human-animal bond…so maybe we get to increase the longevity of their human companions, too. Now that’s pretty cool!
The entire staff is wonderful, and very knowledgeable about the health of my baby boy. Looking forward to his check-up!
I can tell our dog Violet was well taken care of while she was boarded! We were really impressed with how friendly and professional everyone was. Her coat and nails looked great when we picked her
up. Thank you!!
— Rachel High
Today was JJ’s first visit and it went great! They took us in with open arms and made us feel very welcome! Excited to join their family to make sure my little guy is well taken care of love these guys
— Jasmine Boyce
I have been with WAH since 1983 I think, even when I lived in Ohio. I would plan my Zoey’s appt. around our visit home. I love the care they provide.