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Northwood and PetFocus: A Pet-Friendly Partnership

Dozens of residents and tenants of Northwood enjoy the benefits of pet ownership and now many of those pets will benefit from a new partnership with PetFocus Veterinary Group. The partnership will see a team from PetFocus’ Woodbury Veterinary Hospital location come to Northwood at the Harbour to offer complimentary health screening, deworming and vaccinations for the dozens of cats that are companions to residents and tenants.

Dr. Frank Woodbury says that the health screening will include a basic physical exam, nail trim and vaccine. He notes that this kind of screening is very important for human health to ensure that companion pets are healthy and that no diseases or parasites are present that could harm the owners. “The American Veterinary Medicine Association and the Centres for Disease Control have described clear evidence about the benefits of pet ownership with respect to helping their owners blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as positively influencing their owners’ social lives and physical fitness”‘, said Dr. Woodbury. “‘However, these
benefits can be significantly reduced if the pets are not healthy. As a close neighbour of Northwood, we want to help ensure the health of the wonderful furry companions who live in the complex”.

Northwood is one of the few senior’s apartment complexes in HRM that allows cats and PetFocus is thrilled to be partnering with Northwood to ensure that these kitties, and their human owners, can access basic veterinary screenings, parasite control and vaccines. The first screening took place on September 20 and monthly sessions will be held until all pets have been screened. A regular schedule will then be established.

PetFocus will also be offering puppy socialization classes in the Shirley Burnstein HaII at Northwood at the Harbour. Residents are invited to observe these sessions and be entertained by the puppies as they learn to have good manners. For more information. please call 435-2444 extension 627.

PetFocus Veterinary Group has seven hospitals in HRM. In addition to Woodbury Veterinary Hospital, the amalgamated group includes Clayton Park, Westwood Hills, Dartmouth, Harbour Cities. PetWorks and Eastern Shore. With 25 talented veterinarians on their team. PetFocus can provide the highest possible level of care to pets, ensuring they live long and healthy lives. They are committed to improving the lives of pets and their owners in HRM and as part of their extensive community service program, are delighted to announce this new partnership with
Northwood.

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