Clinic offers to test dogs for heart, eye problems


A CANINE eye and heart screening and identification tattoo clinic will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Belquest Kennels and Cattery at 18745 Penn Shop Road in Mount Airy.

Dr. Nancy M. Bromberg and Dr. Eugene E. Musselman will check pets for potential eye and heart problems. Musselman will also accept reservations for ultrasound testing only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

The cost is $20 for the eye clinic, $30 for the heart clinic, $150 for heart ultrasound, $20 for microchip and $10 for tattooing per dog. Pet owners are asked to bring their dog's American Kennel Club registration name, number and date of birth.

Early diagnosis of heart problems is an important step in ensuring a long and healthy life for your dog, and large breeds are especially prone to heart disease.

Certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to eye problems and diseases.

Golden retrievers, Jack Russell terriers and some herding breeds are prone to eye diseases. You may want to check with your breeder if you're unsure whether to have your dog tested.

Tattooing can save the life of a lost pet. It is against the law in Maryland and many other states for shelters to euthanize pets that have a permanent tattoo. In addition, pets with tattoos can be traced to their owners. This is a simple and virtually painless procedure.

The spring clinic sold out quickly, so call to see whether space is still available.

Information: 301-831-7507 or 410-795-8395.

Sock hop

It's time for Mount Airy Middle School's "Back to School Sock Hop," which will be held from 3: 45 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m. today. Students can remain after school and attend the event if they have a completed permission slip.

Tickets are $3. Students are asked to donate a new school item, such as pencils, pens, notebooks, colored pencils or crayons.

Donations will be given to the Mount Airy NET to ensure everyone in the community has necessary school supplies.

Information: 301-829-1314.

Jaycees yard sale

The Mount Airy Jaycees will hold their annual yard sale/flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the carnival grounds at Twin Arch Road and Route 27 in Mount Airy.

All types of items, from children's clothing and toys to crafts and antiques, will be featured.

The Jaycees will operate a food booth. Stefano's will sell pizza, and Tobrey's Concessions will once again serve french fries and pit beef. The yard sale will be held rain or shine. No pets are allowed.

Information: 301-829-6225.

Saddle Gals poker ride

The Mount Airy Saddle Gals will have a Poker Ride at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The event includes a 2 1/2-hour trail ride, a drill team demonstration and lunch.

A $10 donation is suggested. The rain date is Sunday. Information: 410-346-7060 or 301-253-4391.

Blood drive planned

The Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

Donations will be taken at the Firemen's Activity Building beside the carnival grounds, at Twin Arch Road and Route 27. Donors must bring a form of identification. Please call ahead if you plan to donate so the best service is provided.

Information: Mary Jo Burkett, 301-829-2822.

Parenting class offered

Mount Airy Elementary School will sponsor "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent," a five-week class that will be held from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Monday. Subsequent classes will be held Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The course, designed by the Cline/Fay Institute, is designed to help parents find the right answers and actions for difficult moments during child rearing. Class size is limited. The cost is $8 per person or $15 per couple.

Information: 301-829-1515.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/24/99

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