Free eye exam for service dogs
The third annual campaign, sponsored by The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and the animal pharmaceutical firm Merial, has been a blessing for dog owners such as Atwood, a 65-year-old retiree from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She uses a wheelchair and relies on Cheerio to perform everyday tasks ranging from carrying her purse, to opening doors, to handing over her credit card. Cheerio's vision has to be spot-on. But the cost of the eye exam by a specialist ($150 to $500) and the expense of a 45-minute ride each way would have been too much, Atwood told WalletPop.
"I simply can't afford it and I am very glad they are doing the exam for free," she said.
Dogs must have completed a formal training program or currently be enrolled in one. You must sign up for the event first before making the appointment. Then you reach out to a participating veterinary ophthalmologist in your area. Appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Other details are at the registration site.