ASPCA Announces Free Health Drive for NYC Pets at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital

<p>Blood pressure screening to be held Saturday, April 9; Event helps celebrate ASPCA’s 145th anniversary</p>
March 24, 2011

WHO/WHAT: Pet owners are invited to bring their older cats and dogs (cats over seven years, dogs over five) to the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for a free blood pressure screening. The screenings are being offered free of charge on Saturday, April 9 to commemorate the ASPCA's 145th anniversary of serving NYC's companion animals.

WHEN: Saturday, April 9 from 9am - 5pm ET (by appointment only)

WHERE: The ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, 424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128

(between First and York Aves.)

WHY: "Blood pressure screening is most important for middle-age and senior animals, as many health conditions (including heart disease, kidney disease, or other severe illnesses) cause animals to develop perilously high or low blood pressure," says Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.

DETAILS: To schedule an appointment, please email [email protected] or call 212-876-7700 ext. 4200. Appointment slots are limited and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

One of the largest full-service animal hospitals in the New York metropolitan area and fully accredited by The American Animal Hospital Association, the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital (BMAH) offers general veterinary care, including vaccinations, spay/neuter, dentistry and other wellness services, as well as high-level yet affordable care for animals in need of advanced diagnostics and treatment. BMAH is staffed by 22 veterinarians, including those devoted exclusively to caring for animals who have been victims of abuse.

The ASPCA was founded in 1866 and celebrates its 145th anniversary in April 2011.