Recently there have been numerous news stories surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s report of a connection between feeding certain grain free dog food brands, and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)--a serious heart disease in dogs.
by Dr. Dylan
Greetings BLVD Friends and Clients,
2018 has been another whirlwind year over hear at BLVD Vet! Here are some highlights:
Fear Free: We had Colleen,one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians, become credentialed in Fear Free™ handling of pets. She has brought many of their methods back to BLVD where it has become a core way of how we interact with pets. Fear Free’s mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. This is important to us as we want your pets to have a great experience when they come to us!
BLVD Babies: Two of our colleagues: Charlene, CVT, and Dr. Geisler gave birth to healthy little girls this fall. Charlene is already back in the office and we are looking forward to having Dr. Geisler rejoin us this January. We will have regular availability for Dr. Geisler’s Chiropractic and Acupuncture patients as soon as she’s back!
Dr. Josie Arbogast: In August, our newest DVM, Dr. Arbogast joined us. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Dr. Arbogast. Her enthusiasm, can-do attitude and great bedside manner have been an incredible addition to the BLVD DVM group. Plus, she’s a natural on social media, so look for more of Dr. Arbogast’s “BLVD Pointers” in 2019 on our Instagram and Facebook feeds. If you have any questions or topics you would like covered, please submit them here!
AAHA Re-Accreditation at BLVD Vet Logan Square: The American Animal Hospital Association requires regular inspections in order to maintain our accredited status. This December we passed our 2nd evaluation since 2016 with flying colors! Our scores were even higher, which makes us so proud as we believe in always looking for ways to improve all aspects of our practice. To read more about AAHA Accreditation, click here.
Much of my time this past year has been spent identifying and hiring veterinarians who are exceptionally talented and excel in both patient and client care. I’m pleased to say that our veterinarians Dr. Geisler, Dr. Williams, Dr. Cordes and Dr. Arbogast have even more positive online reviews than I do so my expectation is that every pet will continue to receive an exceptional level of care regardless of whom they see. I plan to continue to have regular but reduced clinical hours going forward, but please know you can always ask for me.
One of the important projects we’ve worked on this year is establishing Boulevard Veterinary’s Core Values. They are as follows:
These came from a collaborative effort of our staff, managers, as well as Kelly and myself. I found that it was more a process of identifying what our intrinsic values already were and putting them into words, rather than simply creating a list of aspirations. Your feedback was another important consideration in establishing these values, your emails and reviews have consistently helped direct us in what we’re doing well and what we can do better.
There are lots of exciting things in store for 2019 at BLVD Vet. As always, thank you for your patronage and support!
Happy New Year,
Dylan Frederickson, DVM
Dear Friends and Clients,
Greetings from Boulevard Vet! Hope your spring has been going well and here’s hoping it gets a little drier soon. We’ve got some cool fundraisers on the horizon we wanted to let you know about and some new staff to introduce.
This Sunday, May 7th, I (Dr. Dylan) will be participating in a charity-focused Bloody Mary Battle hosted by our friends down at Sink|Swim! If you haven’t been there for one of these challenges (and brunch) you’ve got make this one—it’s the last one of the season and I want it to be the best. My opponent in the challenge will be Heather Owen, the Executive Director of One Tail At A Time, an awesome Chicago shelter organization that we work with frequently.
We’ve each come up with our own signature recipe. BLVD's is dubbed “Dr. Dyl’s Dill-Infused Liquid Cure-All” and I feel that makes it a contender right off the bat. The public (you) tries one of each Bloody Mary ($12 gets you both) and votes for which they thought was best. The winning team gets to donate a portion of the winnings to a charity of their choice. If BLVD Vet wins, we will donate our winnings to our vanquished foe, OTAT. So, come on down, hang out with our crew and support a great cause.
BLVD Vet will also be supporting two great Logan Square neighborhood groups: local publisher The LoganSquarist will be having their fundraiser Thursday, May 11th, at the Stan Mansion. Kelly (our Event Coordinator) is putting together a swanky $100 gift basket for their silent auction! June 10th we'll be doing the same thing for the Logan Square Preservation Society -- they're the ones holding the line against careless development in LS -- at their annual fundraiser, to be held at the Garage House mansion.
In business news, we’ve recently partnered with a reputable online pharmacy called Vet’s First Choice to help give our clients more choice and convenience when it comes to getting medications filled. Most importantly, unlike many online pharmacies the manufacturer guarantees will still apply! Check out the online store here. It is also readily accessible from our home page at blvd.vet. They offer free shipping on any order over $50 or with Autoship selected. Let us know if you want any prescriptions switched over to this service!
Next, we want to introduce our growing staff!
Colleen Trinidad finished classes at Fox College and sat for her boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician—she passed! Congrats to her and we’re happy she’s starting out her career with us.
Jeremy Akers is our very first full time Veterinary Assistant, joining us after a long stint in the grooming world. His animal handling skills and incredible work ethic have made him a hugely valuable addition.
Charlene Russ is our most recent Veterinary Technician to join our ranks. She is highly experienced having worked as a tech in the West Loop the past several years. She is also currently taking classes to complete her Certification—hopefully later this year!
Look out for them on our Meet the Team page as we add their bios later this month and please help us welcome them to the BLVD Team!
Looking forward into May, we want you to know that both myself and Dr. Julie Geisler will be going on vacations this month (but not at the same time). Dr. Geisler will be out of the office from May 5th – May 14th. Then, when she returns Kelly and I will be leaving (for France!) and will be there from May 19th – June 3rd. We will be spending time in Paris, Provence and Nice so if anyone has any stellar recommendations I’m all ears.
Hope everyone is having a great Spring so far and we hope to see you Sunday from 12-3pm down at Sink|Swim!
-Dr. Dylan and the BLVD Team
Dear Friends and Clients,
It’s finally Summer! We hope that you and your pets are enjoying the warm weather and staying safe. Summertime also means the beginning of fireworks season. As anyone who lives in Logan Square knows, virtually any day of the week from May to September is an occasion for fireworks. Unfortunately, loud noises can cause severe anxiety for some dogs. We recently learned of a brand new medication called SILEO, the only FDA-approved treatment for noise phobia in dogs.
SILEO has been shown to be safe and effective, calming dogs without sedating them. It comes in an oral gel that is applied onto your dog’s gums. One syringe is $37 and is good for up to 12 doses depending on the size of your dog. If you are interested in trying this new therapy for your noise sensitive dog, call or email us!
Next, we want to thank everyone who came out to our 2016 Annual Open House last month. We had a great time with everyone and were able to raise over $1,000 for Bialy's Wellness Foundation! If you haven't seen your photobooth photos yet, check them out on Facebook! We especially want to thank the generous local businesses that donated to our raffle and those of you who purchased raffle tickets. BWF is an incredibly worthy cause and the money raised will be put to good use providing specialized medical care for their special needs dogs.
It’s also time for the annual Reader Best-Of list and we’re asking for your help for the write-in ballot. If you have a moment, please nominate Boulevard Vet for Best Veterinarian in the Goods and Services category (voting ends June 9 at 12:00pm). We really rely on this type of grass-roots promotion over traditional marketing and appreciate your votes!
Have a wonderful start to your summer!
-Dr. Dylan, Dr. Geisler and the rest of the Staff at Boulevard Veterinary
Greetings Friends, Neighbors and Clients,
We are pleased to announce our 2nd Annual BLVD Vet Open House on Sunday, May 15th from 10am to 3pm. Stop by for a tour to see what goes on behind the scenes, and enjoy some Bang Bang Pie and refreshments!
There will be a raffle with all proceeds going to benefit the Bialy’s Wellness Foundation—a local non-profit that specializes in providing care for pets with significant medical disabilities. Their spokesdog Josh the Pitbull will be present for a meet and greet!
The event will be pet-friendly and we will have a professional photographer on site taking family portraits. All raffle entrants will get a free print!
We will also be introducing our new full-time associate veterinarian, Dr. Julie Geisler! Dr. Geisler graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in the Chicagoland area since. She and her husband have recently moved to Logan Square. We are so excited to welcome her to the Boulevard family and hope you will too!
It’s been a great 1st year here at Boulevard and we could not have done it without your support of local small business. Your patronage supports 10 new jobs in Logan Square as well as discounted medical care for our rescue partners at Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, One Tail at a Time and Alive Rescue.
We hope to see you on May 15th!
-Dr. Dylan and the Boulevard Vet Staff!