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Did you know your pets can get breast cancer, too?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


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October, as we know, is not only a time of fall festivities and cooler weather but a reminder of a very important cause. This is breast cancer awareness month, and although it may not be thought of in this way, breast cancer doesn’t just affect humans. Our beloved furry companions are affected as well. Breast cancer is a very scary concept, which is why we at Atlantic Animal Hospitals want to bring awareness not only to the women that face this obstacle every day, but also to our furry female companions. We want to bring awareness this month to the importance of spaying our pets. We must advocate for them, as they cannot speak for themselves, and realize that each year a female dog/cat is delayed in being spayed their chances of developing mammary tumors/cancer increases. This may be something easily overlooked in our everyday lives, but it is a very real condition that happens quite frequently.

This procedure is a very routine surgery, and is performed by veterinarians everywhere on a daily basis - https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/spay-neuter.aspx. This link helps explain the process of a spay procedure, with some information about neuters as well. Some pet parents have concerns about putting their furry loved one’s under anesthesia, which is understandable. With any surgical procedure there is always a risk, however, with the proper technique, monitoring, equipment, and staffing there is no reason to have concern. Atlantic Animal Hospitals goes above and beyond to make sure that each patient undergoing a surgical procedure is monitored and stable from the moment they are admitted to our hospital to the time they are discharged. Our technicians and doctors are more than happy to explain every aspect of surgery, and how our protocol works. Check out our website at www.atlanticdvm.com for our contact information, and you can schedule an appointment today to get your pet a pre-surgical examination. This link briefly explains why having your pet spayed at an earlier age is important; https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/mammary-tumors. Any questions or concerns can be answered, and we can make sure your pet is healthy to undergo her spay. Don’t wait! Call us today and protect your pet from falling victim to mammary gland cancer.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OCTOBER 28, 2017 AT NEW SMYRNA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

 On Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Smyrna Beach Police Department (NSBPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to NSBPD at 246 Industrial Ave, New Smyrna Beach. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (over 900,386 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,498 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,223 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or NSBPD Facebook.