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All that we have been

We packed it all away this week; all the old IVG Hospitals files. The process of archiving over a decade of electronic and physical files was bittersweet, as packing always is. It's no different than packing for a big move, or packing up holiday decorations at the end of a holiday season: great, exciting and thrilling, but also kind of sad in a heartwarming way. We hope you'll allow us this one moment to sentimentally recall IVG Hospitals and all that we have been.

Pictures, or it didn't happen!

I mentioned that we got sentimental. Did I mention that we took pictures? Of course we did. Here they are, these are a few of our favorite finds as we dug through the files. The images chronicle the efforts of every staff member whether doctor, technician, client care coordinator, service center operator or member of the administrative team.

Housekeeping note:

We can't afford the rights to the music, but as you go through this, the vibe is more American Author's "Best Day of my Life", less Sarah McLaughlin's "Angel". (thank you ;) )

Here we go

Let's jump in shall we? Have you met me? Maybe, maybe not, I am Sommer Aweidah and I am the defender of the brand, though they haven't given me that exact title. I love this place. I love that every team is unique and I work to make those voices sing in harmony through our marketing materials and our online presence. This was our brand; these were our colors; this was our face to the external world. sommer_collateral Behind the face of IVG Hospitals, there is and always has been real substance, and that is what provoked the feelings of sentimentality. I am excited about the new Ethos Veterinary Health brand. I can't wait to watch it grow, because I know that safe at its core is the substance that made the IVG brand what it was. The secret to our success is our incredible team. At the core of all that we are, and all that we are about to become, is our team of doctors, technicians, client care coordinators, client care liaisons and our administrative teams.  It is the compassion, the care, the willingness and flexibility to find a solution. It's about relationships, (I find most things are), and the dedication towards building them with our clients, patients, referring veterinarians, suppliers and co-workers. We would not be where we are today if not for every member of our team. Thank you! And thank you in advance for the next ten years, because everything that has come before and everything yet to come is a team effort. Speaking on behalf of the entire administrative team,  (some of whom generously agreed to be photographed here), we want to thank all the doctors, technicians, client care coordinators, service center liaisons and everyone in between for always being available to answer our questions, emails, and for their willingness to smile for, focus on, or ignore the camera when we point it at their faces. Speaking of pointing cameras at people's faces... pictures were promised, here they are: [playlist type="video" tracklist="false" ids="9202"]  

Thank you

It's been quite a ride, these last 38 years since Dr. John Prentiss bought Bulger Animal Hospital in North Andover from Dr. Bulger. We picked the people in the pictures for a couple of reasons: Here's to all that we have been, all that we are, and all we will become! [post_title] => Past, Present and Future [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => past-present-and-future [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-02 14:23:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-02 18:23:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.ivghospitals.com/?p=9084 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8708 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2017-06-16 14:57:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-16 18:57:33 [post_content] =>

IVG Rebrand - Phase II

New Logos and Hospital Materials are on the Horizon

  In December 2015, IVG Hospitals merged with three other specialty and emergency hospital groups across the country to form a new organization. We named ourselves Ethos Veterinary Health. Read more about the formation of Ethos here. In June 2016 we rolled out a new hospital logo with a “by Ethos” tagline (IVG logo by Ethos above) for each of our 14 Ethos hospitals. This was always anticipated as an interim step while we developed the Ethos Veterinary Health brand assets and aligned our disparate groups into one. Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, CO kicked off the rebrand in March. IVG Hospitals is now starting phase II, and seeing the new materials start to become a reality is incredibly exciting.

What you will see:

Sneak Peak

Our materials will start to look a little different, but it is still the same team behind everything. You will start to see new colors, new imagery and a new logo. We hope that when you see the final products that it excites you as much as it does us! We are being environment and cost conscious as we roll out these new materials, so look for a slow rollout rather than a switch-flip. There will be several months where both logos are being used concurrently in our printed materials. We’d also love your help! Please share our rebrand on your social media today!

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Our Social Media Channels:

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Signs & Symptoms

As a basic ‘rule of paw,’ if the pavement feels too hot for your bare foot, it is too hot for your pet. Milder burns can be hard to spot, especially if a dog’s pads are black. If you have been outdoors for an extended period of time with your pet, and they are either limping or constantly licking their paw(s), it’s likely they have burned their pads. If you see any of the following signs in your dog, see your veterinarian right away: You should be especially vigilant after a dog has been swimming.  Water softens the pads of a dog’s feet making it more likely that hot surfaces like boat docks and pavement will cause them to burn. Foot pads can also be more prone to developing abrasive injuries during the summer months; this includes blistered foot pads resulting from activities where the dog is skidding or sliding on the pavement, running, playing fetch and chasing kids or other dogs.  With puppies, it is very important to gradually introduce outdoor activities in the summer weather; their pads will toughen over time.

Tips to Protect Your Pet's Paws

Treatment

If you notice a problem with your dog’s pads while out in the summer weather, flush the affected areas with cool water, or if available, apply a cool compress. Carry or walk your dog to a grassy, shaded area to prevent further burns.  Another tip is to lay down a wet towel for your dog to stand on when grassy areas are not available. Bandaging paws yourself is generally not recommended. If not done correctly, bandages can be placed too tight and damage the foot and leg.  Some dogs will tolerate a sock to keep the area clean, but caution is advised for dogs who have a history of chewing and ingesting socks. Ideally, your veterinarian should examine your dog for signs of deeper burns, blisters and the possibility of infection as soon as possible. Your vet will determine if antibiotics or pain medication is needed. Hopefully these tips will help to prevent injury to your furry friend’s pads and you will have a fun summer together!   Related Posts:

Heat Stoke and Overheating in Pets

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Our Big News

IVG Hospitals has recently merged with three other hospital groups that we have worked closely with in the past: Premier Veterinary Group in Chicago, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver and Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Together, we have formed Ethos Veterinary Health, an organization that will provide specialty and emergency care for pets through our 13 hospital locations across the U.S. We will continue to provide veterinary wellness care, and 24-hour emergency and board certified specialty services, through our team at Bulger Veterinary Hospital, as we have in the past. EthosRollout

Our Priorities

As an organization, our priority is to provide the most advanced, innovative care, while working collaboratively with our referring veterinarians and clients in the communities we serve. Becoming one organization enables us to accomplish more for you, your pet and our teams. Examples include:

How Will This Affect My Pet's Hospital and Medical Team?

The same people who led each of the hospital groups before the merger are all part of the new Ethos Veterinary Health leadership team. This is truly a merger of four companies with the same people in place, both locally and nationally. We are committed to providing the same high quality medicine, excellent communications and high level of service you and our clients have come to expect. Locally, we will remain Bulger Veterinary Hospital, Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital, IVG MetroWest, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital and SAVES.  Over the next few months you will start to see the name Ethos Veterinary Health and our new logo along with the IVG Hospitals brand that you know and trust.

Questions?

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Disposal Instructions:

How to dispose of Medications in the Trash

If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps:
  1. Remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds, dirt or kitty litter (this makes the drug less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through the trash seeking drugs).
  2. Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can or other container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.

Safety Considerations:

FDA’s Ilisa Bernstein, Pharm.D., J.D., offers a few more tips: Bernstein says the same disposal methods for prescription drugs could apply to over-the-counter drugs as well. More information can be found here.

Related Links:

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All that we have been

We packed it all away this week; all the old IVG Hospitals files. The process of archiving over a decade of electronic and physical files was bittersweet, as packing always is. It's no different than packing for a big move, or packing up holiday decorations at the end of a holiday season: great, exciting and thrilling, but also kind of sad in a heartwarming way. We hope you'll allow us this one moment to sentimentally recall IVG Hospitals and all that we have been.

Pictures, or it didn't happen!

I mentioned that we got sentimental. Did I mention that we took pictures? Of course we did. Here they are, these are a few of our favorite finds as we dug through the files. The images chronicle the efforts of every staff member whether doctor, technician, client care coordinator, service center operator or member of the administrative team.

Housekeeping note:

We can't afford the rights to the music, but as you go through this, the vibe is more American Author's "Best Day of my Life", less Sarah McLaughlin's "Angel". (thank you ;) )

Here we go

Let's jump in shall we? Have you met me? Maybe, maybe not, I am Sommer Aweidah and I am the defender of the brand, though they haven't given me that exact title. I love this place. I love that every team is unique and I work to make those voices sing in harmony through our marketing materials and our online presence. This was our brand; these were our colors; this was our face to the external world. sommer_collateral Behind the face of IVG Hospitals, there is and always has been real substance, and that is what provoked the feelings of sentimentality. I am excited about the new Ethos Veterinary Health brand. I can't wait to watch it grow, because I know that safe at its core is the substance that made the IVG brand what it was. The secret to our success is our incredible team. At the core of all that we are, and all that we are about to become, is our team of doctors, technicians, client care coordinators, client care liaisons and our administrative teams.  It is the compassion, the care, the willingness and flexibility to find a solution. It's about relationships, (I find most things are), and the dedication towards building them with our clients, patients, referring veterinarians, suppliers and co-workers. We would not be where we are today if not for every member of our team. Thank you! And thank you in advance for the next ten years, because everything that has come before and everything yet to come is a team effort. Speaking on behalf of the entire administrative team,  (some of whom generously agreed to be photographed here), we want to thank all the doctors, technicians, client care coordinators, service center liaisons and everyone in between for always being available to answer our questions, emails, and for their willingness to smile for, focus on, or ignore the camera when we point it at their faces. Speaking of pointing cameras at people's faces... pictures were promised, here they are: [playlist type="video" tracklist="false" ids="9202"]  

Thank you

It's been quite a ride, these last 38 years since Dr. John Prentiss bought Bulger Animal Hospital in North Andover from Dr. Bulger. We picked the people in the pictures for a couple of reasons: Here's to all that we have been, all that we are, and all we will become! [post_title] => Past, Present and Future [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => past-present-and-future [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-02 14:23:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-02 18:23:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.ivghospitals.com/?p=9084 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 91 [max_num_pages] => 10 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => 1 [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_comments_popup] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash] => 6cf19557ad365c0413ed37fb363a242c [query_vars_changed] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => )