Small Door Veterinary, Wag! and SpotOn team up for Healthcare Heroes package

Healthcare Heroes (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Healthcare Heroes (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images) /

With their Healthcare Heroes package, Small Door Veterinary has teamed up with Wag! and SpotOn to help give back a little to frontline medical professionals.

Frontline medical professionals have been under a lot of stress lately due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is where the Healthcare Heroes package comes into play.

This is a joint effort between the New York City-based members-only Small Door Veterinary Clinic, the dog-walking app Wag! and the pet-friendly rideshare and transport service SpotOn.

For more on how to apply, see the appropriate page on the Small Door website. Applications will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

This is an all-inclusive package designed to ease the lives of medical professionals trying to keep their fellow citizens safe, which includes a free one-year Small Door membership (Access level), with the first appointment free as well. It also features a 30 percent discount off Wag! Now walks, and 50 percent off SpotOn rides, whether a human is present or not.

Small Door is a new-ish members-only clinic trying to change the veterinary industry through its transparent pricing model and customer-focused approach, as we covered a few months ago. The pandemic has forced a lot of changes, but their focus on taking care of pets and their owners remains unwavering.

The Healthcare Heroes package is available to all New York City-based first responders and medical professionals until Labor Day, which is Monday, September 7. First reponders include EMTs, firefighters, paramedics and police, and medical professionals includes those working in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, or those doing research or laboratory work on testing COVID-19.

To redeem the veterinary care part of the offer, customers can call Small Door at 212-933-9044 to arrange to sign up and book their free appointment.

To get the discounted walk rate, tap “Wag! Now” on the Wag! home screen. Then click “Continue” which will take you to a chat, where you enter “#NYCHealthcareHeroes” to apply the discount.

To get the discounted ride rate, download the SpotOn app (in Apple Store or Google Play) to use to book your ride, and either call 833-477-6866 or email to get a unique discount code.

While dogs can catch COVID-19,and there are a few strains of coronavirus that occur in dogs, symptoms are typically mild, according to Small Door Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Jamie Richardson.

While there is a vaccine available for several types of canine coronavirus, “this vaccination is specifically for dogs only, and is not effective against COVID-19,” Dr. Richardson said.

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For the latest in coronavirus news, see the websites of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, or the Department of Health website for your state or province.