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Dr. Queck did an amazing job fixing our Golden Retriever puppy's jaw. She and her staff kept us informed and the staff were alway kind and patient …
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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Okay I admit it, I am a dog snob. I have little white froo-froo lap dogs and I only give them the best! I have 3 little spoiled maltese dogs under the care of this amazing clinic! My 10 year old maltese girl has some health issues and Dr. Queck and her staff have always given her superior care. I recently took my 8 mo old male maltese puppy to Dr. Queck for removal of 4 retained puppy teeth. He was also neutered, and micro-chipped. I dropped him off around 8:30 am, picked him up around 3:30 pm, went home and he was running around and eating that night! I was shocked! I knew he was in good hands, but the expert knowledge of surgery, care in anesthia and the clinic's dedication and investment in the latest and greatest laser surgery techniques really made the difference! My puppy's health and comfort are worth every penny I paid for this surgery technique. Dr. Queck removed his puppy teeth and then Dr. ManWarren neutered my puppy using the laser instead of other traditional and out dated surgery techniques that many area vets are still using. I never realized what a difference it would make. My little boy had NO SWELLING, barely a bruise, and the only dose of pain medicine he needed was the dose they gave him when I picked him up. I could not believe he felt like running around and playing that night. I had to actually MAKE him take it easy and he healed so quickly. The use of the laser surgery for his neuter was the best decision as my little puppy was in minimal, if any pain and he acted if nothing happened! I continue to go to this clinic and I drive from Fort Mill, SC just to take my dogs to Dr. Queck and her staff. I also love the fact that my dogs dental records are digital and Dr. Queck reviews the images with you and completely answers all your questions. I may be a dog snob put finances are important to me too and the staff is always willing to review the cost of all visits and anaswer any monetary questions I may have. I have always been pleased with their service. My little dogs are my kids. After moving to the Carolinas from New England, I "shopped" around for a vet as I will not take my dogs just anywhere. When I walk into a vet office, I expect it to be CLEAN, smell clean, well kept and organized, and I expect the staff to have a smile on their face and treat me and my pets as if we are the only customer they have. A clinics investment in technology and training are also extremely important to me. I interviewed several vets in my local area and around Charlotte before I found the Carolinas Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic through a referral. I have even walked out of vet offices in the past because they smelled bad, had old equipment and technology and the staff did not even acknowledge me when I walked in. The Carolinas Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic will make you realize that ALL animal clinics should be operated the way they operate their clinic! I have taken me little maltese dogs to them ever since! This facility is one of the most caring and professional.They have several talented vets on staff in addition to Dr. Queck who specializes in dental care. The support staff at this clinic is one of the best. When I had to put my little 3lb 12 year old maltese to sleep, they even called me at home the next day to see how I was coping and offer additional sympathy and support. Who does that in today's busy world!!? No other clinic I have ever been to. Dr. Queck and all her staff have ALWAYS went out of their way to accomodate my schedule, answer all mine and my husband's questions in person or on the phone, and have always shown that they GENUINELY care about the health and well being of my little dogs. I wish I could keep them all to myself, but as a dog lover, I simply must let you know that this is where you want your pets treated. Tell them I sent you! Michelle
IVC is a wonderfully accomodating, caring and educated veterinary clinic. They work with you, the client for the best treatment plan for your pet. I work in animal care and was a tech for some time, which opens my ears and eyes to A LOT of practices and never have I heard or seen anything negative about them. Dr. Michelle and Dr. Bart work to the bone to make their practice the best in Charlotte. Priced not to steal your money(which is rare in Charlotte) but to afford the best treatment for your pet. Sending out labs to get the best reading possible; there are many things that a tech can not see on a slide or when they run bloodwork in house. I have 2 vets in the Charlotte area and will not go anywhere else but these 2. IVC takes their time with you and your pet. They are open extended hours to accomodate YOU. Everyone you run into at IVC is always full of love for you and your pet. There is not a high turn over in their practice which means, happy educated receptionists and techs. They are very selective on their new hires; it is a high bar that the people who are employeed there had to meet and exceed for YOU and your pet. They greet you at the door or your car to help you in when your hands are hardly even full. They help you out to the car. There are never any stupid questions to ask them; there is always follow up, even on vaccinations to ensure that your fur baby is doing well. Heck they even go as far as to give you reminder calls for your pets monthly preventatives! They train their staff WEEKLY on new things and old things to ensure the best care. I have been both in the exam rooms and in the back with my pets and others. Never once did I have to wait more than 5 minutes of walking in the door and never once did I feel uncomfortable with the procedure being done. Ask around; ask kennels, doggy day cares, pet shops, pet owners they will tell you. No matter which vet or tech I have had in a treatment room my pet is always treated like the only pet on Earth and I am treated as if I am the only human on Earth. I refer the daylights out of them to my clients as my clients pets are just as important as my own. Your pet deserves the best treatment possible, seek no further as you have found your practice. Keep in mind, just like human health care, animal health care is not for the faint of heart. The best 'bosses', vets and managers at veterinary clinics expect nothing but the greatest composure and work out of their employees. Like I said before, high turn over is a negative in this industry, IVC does not have that. If they let somebody go it is simply because they did not make the cut, not because they are a bad person.
I have 4 personal pets, I'm active in animal rescue, and I used to work at a vet's office, so I have visited and am very familiar with many of the veterinarians in the Charlotte area. Independence Veterinary Clinic is leaps and bounds above all the others. I originally visited IVC because my dog needed an ultrasound and my current vet did not have an ultrasound machine. IVC had great ratings online and also quoted me a price about half of what every other vet did for an ultrasound so I decided to give them a try. I am so glad that I did! Dr. Michelle Bryan took so much time with me and my little senior chihuahua, Duke. She wasn't "in and out" like all the other vets I have seen in the past. She carefully explained to me everything she saw on the ultrasound, the reasons behind her diagnosis, and all of the costs and benefits of different treatments. She didn't try to guilty me into spending a lot of money, and she even helped me find the most affordable options. She and the vet techs were so kind and gentle with Duke. They were incredibly friendly and seemed to really care about my dog. Dr. Bryan called me the day after my visit to follow up and make sure I understood Duke's diagnosis and the different dosages of the several medicines and supplements he has to take on a daily basis. Then she called out of the blue a couple of weeks later to see how Duke was doing. She stated that the staff had been talking about chihuahuas which made her think of Duke so she just wanted to check on him. It is so refreshing to find a vet who actually cares about my pet and is more concerned about my pet's health than with making a bunch of money. I will now be permanently switching all of my pets' care to IVC. They are the most friendly, knowledgeable, and affordable veterinary office I have ever visited. I can't thank them enough for correctly diagnosing Duke and helping ensure that he will live a longer and more comfortable life.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.