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MEDIA ADVISORY: Ground Zero K9s to receive free eye exams

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Ground Zero K9s use their razor-sharp senses to help first-responders during natural and man-made disasters. That’s why it’s so important to identify any potential health problems before they affect a dog’s ability to work.

This week, ophthalmologists from BluePearl Veterinary Partners will help ensure the dogs’ vision stays sharp by offering free eye exams.

Media are invited to come to the exams from 1-3 p.m. on May 3 at BluePearl hospital at 1401 W Memorial Rd in Oklahoma City.

“These dogs do so much to help keep our communities safe,” said Dr. Jeff Studer, a BluePearl medical director who is board-certified in veterinary ophthalmology. “Their eyesight is instrumental to their ability to perform their important jobs. We’re so happy we have the opportunity to show our thanks by making sure their eyes remain healthy and disease-free.”

The free eye exams are an annual nationwide event sponsored by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Stokes Pharmacy.

The exams are offered to registered service dogs during the month of May, and people registered their dogs for the program during the month of April. More information about the program can be found here: www.ACVOeyeexam.org.

Ground Zero K9 Emergency Training Center was launched by football legend Barry Switzer and his wife, Becky. Moved by the response to the deadly explosion of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, as well as the tornadoes that battered the community of Moore, the couple is raising money to train urban search and rescue dogs to meet the growing demand. To learn more about Ground Zero K9, click here.

BluePearl recently opened a new, state-of-the-art specialty and emergency veterinary hospital in Oklahoma City. The 18,500-square-foot facility has many of the same equipment found at a human hospital, such as an MRI, CT scanner, ultrasound, digital radiology and more. To learn more about BluePearl, click here.