Easton is a haven for art, music and dog lovers with one surprising exception-the Animal Clinic of Talbot. This past weekend I stayed at the Tidewater Inn to attend a concert at the Avalon. They welcomed my two boxer/lab mixes and I walked them daily to the rails to trails path.The Red Hen served water to my dogs in porcelain. I was grateful for the unsolicited offers of water to my dogs by merchants and even homeowners. The only exception to this was the closest business establishment to the rails to trails entrance on Gainsborough--who refused my dogs water, ironically the only time I asked for any, and they refused saying "we don't do that". What is the "that"? All of the other merchants extended their hospitality freely without any expectation of repayment, except the one industry whose BUSINESS it is to care for animals.The animal clinic could learn from the other merchants about animal welfare-and good business. They claimed infection in sharing water bowls (do they only have one bowl or not wash it?) As a public health professional working in infection prevention for more than 20 years I know with very few exceptions (if my dog sneezed on the bowl and had a respiratory infection) that sharing water cannot transmit infections.The "that" that the vet tech could not do that others did, was be kind.
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