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COVID-19 UPDATE (7-15-20):

To the Franklin Veterinary Clinic family:

 

Though the building remains closed, we are still here!!  

Hours of operation 

Monday through Friday

8:00am to 5:00pm

Closed for lunch from 12:30-2:00 daily

Due to staffing, we have set up an answering machine for you to leave a message and I can get back to you as soon as I can.  If you get the answering machine, please leave a message. When you get the answering machine, it means I am unable to answer the phone. During the day, I am often times, assisting Dr. Taylor, taking care of a client at the window, filling medications, or otherwise unable to get to the phone.  I will call you back as soon as possible. Or you can email me at franklinveterinaryclinic@yahoo.com.

APPOINTMENTS

We are seeing appointments in our new, state of the art, outdoor exam room. This allows us to continue to follow safe COVID protocols, while keeping the owner with their pet during the examination.  Through July, appointments are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.  In August, they will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

Appointment protocol: We do require that you wear a mask. When you arrive at the clinic, wearing your mask, check in with reception through the designated window located over the ramp.  Dr. Taylor will come out to the parking lot and bring you and your pet to the exam structure. Upon completion of the appointment, you will finish up with us through that front window.  We can get you heartworm prevention, flea & tick, etc.

SURGERIES

We are now performing routine surgeries, spays/neuters/dentistries, as well as any medical procedures that Dr. Taylor deems medically necessary. In August, surgeries will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Surgery drop off protocol: We do require that you wear a mask.  When you arrive, wearing your mask, you and your pet, will come to the designated window located over the ramp.  If you are dropping of a dog, Dr. Taylor will come out and bring your dog into the clinic, weigh them & give them their preanesthetic.  If you are dropping off a feline, you will set them in their carrier on in front of the door.  Reception will take contact information from you, go over the surgery release form, discuss/arrange pick up for the afternoon.

Surgery pick up protocol: We do require that you wear a mask. When you arrive at the pick up time scheduled, wearing your mask, come to the designated window located over the ramp.  Reception will handle dispensing medications, schedule rechecks, process payment.  If you are picking up a dog, Dr. Taylor will come out to you, go over discharge instructions, discuss surgery outcome, and bring your dog out to you.  If you are picking up a feline, either Dr. Taylor or Reception will go over discharge instructions with you, depending mostly on the procedure.

Conducting appointments outside has many benefits, some we didn’t even anticipate when we decided to do it, but it also minimizes the impact on the inside of the clinic.

Please remember during these times that animals can carry the virus on their coat for up at to three days after exposure.  Do not pet other dogs.  Don’t let people pet your dog.

We care about your safety. 

Be safe. Stay well.  

 Kim and doc Taylor

Remember to keep your dogs on Heartworm prevention year-round. Both the American Veterinary Medical Association & American Heartworm Society recommend year-round heart worm prevention for the protection of your pets.

Dr. Taylor’s recommendation for year-round heart worm prevention is Sentinel. A flavored, chewable tablet that you give once a month.  Sentinel is a broad spectrum dewormer that also treats Whipworm, Hookworm & Roundworm. With an added flea component that sterilizes adult fleas, Sentinel helps prevent that first introduction of fleas from becoming a full infestations. Sentinel offers a mail in rebate on both 6 month & 1 2 month purchases. Ask us for more details.

Other options that we carry in the clinic are, Heartgard, which is also a flavored, chewable tablet, or Revolution, which is a topical application.

Support your local businesses – shop local includes your veterinarian 🙂

Dr. Taylor stays up-to-date on the safest, most effective options available at a cost comparable to other sources like Chewy, 1800PetMeds, PetCo, Etc.

Did you know?

Spaying/Neutering your pet will cut down (or eliminate) the risk of certain types of cancers and other major health issues, roaming, aggression, unwanted pregnancies and will add years to their lives.  Call us today, at 934-7179, to find out more.  

The Miracle of Life

“Come quick, come quick”, their mother said, “The time is getting near”; She feels that when the kittens come the children should be here.

She told them that a big orange Tom took “Kitty” as his wife “It’s wonderful, a gift from God, the miracle of life”

At half a year young “Kitty” feels too painful and too scared to appreciate six miracles, blind-eyed and yellow haired.

But she knows these lives depend on her and nature tells her how and as she cleans them, children ask “Mom, can we go now?”

But now and then, for six more weeks the children visit her to play with six new magic toys, made of life and fur.

The six weeks pass, the newness gone and new homes yet unfound, Mom bundles up six miracles and takes them to the pound,

Where lovingly, with gentle hands and no tears left to cry, the shelter workers kiss them once and take them off to die.

And “Momma Kitty”, now she’s called, mourns her loss and then, she’s put outside, and of course, she’s pregnant once again.

Dad tells “Kitty” STOP THIS NOW or you wont live here long!, but deep inside of Momma Cat, this time something’s wrong.

Too young, too small, too often bred now nature’s gone awry, Momma Kitty feels it too and she crawls off to die.

She too is freed from this cruel world, and from her time of strife. How harsh the truth, how high the price, this “Miracle of Life”?

“PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS!”

-By Barry Taylor, DVM