Santa Fe Animal Hospital

Responsible Dog Ownership Month

It’s been said that the best bargain humans ever made was with dogs: we give them our leftover food and time, and they give us everything. Of course, we know now that if a dog is going to live a healthy, long life, they need a bit more to keep them safe and healthy. September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Think you’re a responsible dog owner? Run down the checklist below and find out!

  • My dog sees the vet at least once per year for a routine check-up and vaccinations.
  • My dog is microchipped and is wearing external identification.
  • I have a way to pay for emergency veterinary expenses if my dog gets suddenly sick or injured.
  • I have a plan for my pet is there’s a natural disaster, emergency, or if something should happen to me and I can’t care for him or her.
  • My dog gets enough exercise and mental stimulation nearly every day.
  • My dog has a place where he or she can be safe and warm and protected from the elements.
  • My dog does not live most of his or her life on a chain or confined to a small area.

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, it’s a good bet you have one lucky dog! If you need help answering yes to all of them, reach out to us for resources and ideas to help you and your pet!

We will be re-opening on Tuesday, March 1st!

Please note the updated process below:

  • One person per pet will be allowed in the building. We ask that you continue to check in by phone at (863) 665-5033 when you arrive for your pet’s appointment, then wait for a team member to come out and escort you and your pet into the building. 
  • We do request that you wear a mask when in the building.
  • Please social distance as best as possible when in the hospital. 
  • Our waiting room will be open with socially distanced seating. 
  • When in the waiting room, a staff member will discuss your pet’s history and take note of any issues you would like the doctor to examine.
  • Due to the exam rooms being small, a staff member will then escort your pet to the exam room, while you continue to wait in the waiting room. 
  • After the examination, you will be brought into the exam room to discuss the findings and treatment plan with the doctor. 
  • If you are sick, especially with flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19, we do ask that you find a friend or family member to bring your pet to their appointment. 
  • Our curbside service will no longer be a required part of our COVID-19 protocol; however, if you prefer to take advantage of this service, just let us know when you arrive.
  • In order to reduce traffic flow inside the clinic, food and medicine pick up will still remain curbside.

We know this has been a long and trying year for everyone, and we sincerely appreciate how understanding our clients have been with the necessary restrictions and changes. 

Thank you for continuing to trust us with your pet’s health!
The Santa Fe Animal Hospital Team