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Spring Pet Fest Fun for Kids and Animals

May 01, 2017 08:22AM ● By Shelly Tower Rushe

Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend some time with your pet, or you have animal-loving kids in your house, head to Cranberry Holistic Pet Care’s Spring Pet Fest on Saturday, May 20 from noon to 4 p.m. and help some shelter animals at the same time.

While it’s not a new event—the  Pet Fest has previously been held at both Ellwood and Chippewa Animal Hospital sister locations—it’s bigger and better than ever. What hasn’t changed, however, is the mission to help local animal rescues. This year, as in 2016, Butler County Humane Society will benefit.

Cranberry Holistic Pet Care offers both traditional and holistic veterinary medicine, and the Pet Fest gives the public the chance to see demonstrations of treatment options in a low-stress setting.

“The staff and many volunteers come together to create a fun event for kids, adults and animals. People are curious about different procedures, and this event allows them to see what happens ‘behind the scenes,‘” explained Cynthia Maro, DVM, CVA, CAC, VMRT. 

“The services we provide are unique and sought out because we offer clients more options for care, health and comfort. When owners cannot pursue expensive diagnostic testing or invasive procedures or a pet has a terminal diagnosis, we can still improve the quality of their lives,” she added. “For pets with chronic illnesses and owners who want natural options and individualized care, our services are a good fit.” 

Attendees will be able to tour the facility and observe technologies like CT equipment and underwater treadmills used for physical rehabilitation, as well as learn more about stem cell therapy in veterinary medicine.

For kids ages 6 to 15 years old who want to learn more about being a vet, there’s Junior Vet Day Camp. For only $30 ($25 before May 6), kids will travel station-to-station to learn the ins and outs of being a vet. Station examples include IV simulation, practicing sutures, an X-ray lab, "guess the diagnosis,” first aid, and exam room charting. 

Some stations will have live animals for demo purposes. “Obviously, stations like suturing won’t have live animals!” laughed Maro. Kids will take home a t-shirt, stethoscope, and activities to continue their education. Preregistration is strongly suggested for this event.

Kids don’t have to sign up for vet camp to find fun activities, though. “We’ll have a bulldog-shaped bounce house, games and trivia, and a visit from the Butler County Sheriff’s police dog,” said Maro.

Other activities include fly ball demonstrations, a Chinese auction, refreshments, trivia, a cat enrichment area, chair massages, an essential oil demo, and a caricature artist (for pets and people). There will even be a potter on hand creating custom pet bowls. 

“While there are many free activities, anything that has a fee associated with it is for the benefit of the Butler County Humane Society,” Maro said.

And the fest is not just for people. Attendees can bring friendly pets to participate in the dress-up contest, or for $20, dog can receive a mini-swim/treadmill session. Canine visitors might also want to try out the mini-agility course.

“While all pets are more than welcome, you don’t have to bring a pet to come and enjoy the activities!” said Moro.

Cranberry Holistic Pet Care is located on Rowan Road in Cranberry. See their Facebook page for details.