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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Puncturing Animals

By Christopher Wilde

I love my pets as much as the next person, and so when I received by mail an 8.5" x 11" full color, card stock, glossy flyer from the Utah Pet Center I took notice.  They list three columns of intensive services to satisfy every need for your pet.  What threw me for a loop was the center column, reproduced below:

        • Hyperbaric Therapy
        • Chiropractic Manipulation
        • Acupuncture
        • Behavior Counseling
        • Cremation Services
        • Prescription Diets
        • Preventive Care
        • Nutritional Education

Prescription diets? OK.  Behavior Counseling, sure.  Hyperbaric Therapy, excessive but justifiable. ACUPUNCTURE?  What?  You've got to be kidding me. So I placed a call to the company and asked them how much acupuncture would be for a dog or a cat?  This is apparently a new service as the receptionist, Julie, did not have a price list and transfered  me  to a veterinary technician named Philip. Philip put me on hold but could not find the doctor who could give me that information.  He took down my name and number and I waited for him to call me back.  Five minutes later I received a call from Debbie who informed me that Dr. Whittman performed all of the acupuncture, but that today was his day off.

Debbie wisely asked about my pets and invited me for a tour promising to have Dr. Whitman call me tomorrow.  Rather than to go into detail about my pets I informed Debbie I was writing an article for my blog.  I think that I will have to take her up on her offer, interview Dr. Whitman, and provide my readers with more in depth information on this facility and the benefit of its services.  If I had a camera I'd take pictures of animals with needles sticking out of them.

The Utah Pet Center in in the old Utah Fun Dome building.

1 comment:

SquirrelMonkey said...

I received that same Utah Pet Center flyer and threw in my two cents about the thing over on my blog. Here is the link in case you're interested: http://www.scribblevillage.com/?p=1421
I don't know if you monitor traffic on your website, but as for mine, when I put this up I got a flurry of activity from Utah Pet Center IP addresses. Someone from over there even rated the article only 1 star, indicating they didn't like what I had to say. Maybe they should focus their energy on their marketing a bit more than their blog surfing! :)
Cheers!