Clinic hosts pet health fair

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— You can bribe your dog or cat with homemade treats and a free bandana if they accompany you to the first Pet Health Fair on Saturday.

The fair is in honor of National Pet Week and is modeled after the 9Health Fair.

"The idea is to try to get the word out and educate people on pet care issues," small-animal veterinarian Kim Radway said. "We want to stress health care, health issues, preventative blood work and make education part of it, rather than just vaccines."

The clinic is offering discounted blood work, microchips and heartworm tests for dogs and discounted feline leukemia tests for cats. Pets also can take tours of the facility and have their claws trimmed for free.

Pet Kare Clinic has invited Routt County's animal nonprofits to participate in the fair. Steamboat Springs Animal Shel--ter, Animal Assistance League of Northwest Colorado, Heeling Friends and Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation will have an information booth at the event. The animal shelter will bring animals that are available for adoption.

All of the clinic's exam rooms will be converted into information rooms that will address canine, feline and exotic pet health issues and holistic medicine.

There will be a booth set up for the Relay For Life event that will benefit the American Cancer Society. Luminaria will be available for a $5 donation to honor a pet lost to cancer.

The first 30 people who arrive at the fair will get duffle bags with goodies, and there will be door prizes drawn at the end of the day. "If the community is excited about the event, then we are hoping to do it every year," Radway said. "You can just stop by and say, 'Hi,' or come and get information from the different organizations."

-- To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204

or e-mail aplean@steamboatpilot.com

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