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From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
My first and only experience with LVAEH was truly a wonderful experience despite the circumstances that brought me there that fateful night. I had stayed home from work to be with my very old and ill dog Chance and I knew that I was going to have to make the decision that every animal lover and pet owner dreads having to make. He was 14 years old and had a brain tumor and had become quite ill the night before. I was unhappy with the vet that I had been taking all of my dogs to and I just did not want to take him there because it was already such a hard thing to do and I knew they would make the experience that much worse. So I procrastinated like most people do knowing that I would not be bringing him home with me that night. When I finally had to concede to the fact that I couldn't wait any longer for fear of him suffering I called the LVAEH and explained the situation. From the very first moment over the phone they were so compassionate and caring that I knew that was the place we would have to go that night. We left to take him there around 10:30 that night and when we arrived one of the staff members literally ran around the counter to meet us at the door and take him out my boyfriend's arms. She asked why we were there and we explained as best we could and she said very quietly that she would take him back and get him ready and to fill out the paper work at the front desk. We did what she asked and they told us to have a seat in the lobby which was full. We sat down and no more than 5 minutes had passed when they called us back to the room. We followed the lady back and waited for no more than a couple of minutes before they brought him in. We had him wrapped up in a beach towel and they had taken it and folded it into a pillow for him and had him wrapped up in this cute little comforter with moons and stars all over it, it was very sweet. They told us to take our time and to let them know when we were ready. We said our goodbye's for about 10 minutes I guess and then called the vet into the room. She came in was very calm and spoke softly as she explained the procedure and asked us to tell her when we were ready. We said one last goodbye and nodded to her to begin. She did so and then checked his heart and said &quot;He has passed, I am so so sorry for your loss. Please take your time and let me know when you are ready to go&quot;. We talked to him a few more minutes and decided it was time to go. I was a complete wreck and my boyfriend wasn't much better. We walked out and paid which was actually cheaper than what my vet wanted to charge and went home. It was truly a horrible night but they made it as easy and comfortable as they possibly could. A few days later we received a sympathy card in the mail and exactly a week later received a call that we could pick up his ashes. Again it was a very sad occasion for us but they truly showed compassion and caring in our difficult time. I would recommend them and I have to any and every one.
Slightly Disappointing I have been taking my dogs to Ark Animal Clinic for over 10 years, and for years was happy. They could general fit me on short notice and their prices were pretty good. Then one time our bug guy was spraying in our back yard and my 100lb chocolate lab tried to jump through our sliding glass door. He cut up his feet/ legs pretty bad. There was blood everywhere! We rushed him to Ark and while they did treat him they later told us that he was unmanageable and asked us to not bring him back. Please tell me what dog is going to be calm and unaffected in that situation. my dogs have been treated by both Dr Scott Bradley and Dr Ann Bradley. Dr. Scott seems to charge more for the exact same services than his wife. One of my labs had an ear infection for over six months. Originally we were seeing Dr. Scott and nothing was helping with the ear infection. Then I switched to Dr Ann and noticed she was charging me less than her husband which I'm not complaining about, but I started wondering if they were just scamming me. I continued to see Dr Ann for a few months and the ear infection did not clear up. I expressed my concern that this infection had gone on for so long and that my dog had not felt good for MONTHS. Her solution was to give me 4 new medications to " give a try". I kind of felt like she was just going through a process of elimination with different medications which didn't instill much confidence. I decided to get a second opinion. In one visit to the new vet, she determined it was a yeast ear infection and prescribed the proper medication. One week later my dog's ear infection was gone. As far as I know, The doctors and everyone in the office treats the animals well, but it bothers me that they never treat my dog in the room. Every time they take my dogs in the back for a long time, and I'm really not comfortable with it. I continue to take my dogs here for basic things like yearly shots, but when something is really wrong I don't feel comfortable bringing my pets here. I will say that the staff is always very friendly and there was also a time that Dr Ann pretty much saved my dog's tail. My dog had " happy tail". She was wagging her tail ALL THE TIME and would hit it on everything. Eventually the Tip of her tail broke open and we just couldn't get it to heal or even keep a bandage on it. Dr. Ann amputated about 2 inches off her tail and came up with a creative badge that we were able to keep on for a few hours at a time. Because she wags her tail so much it took a REALLY long time to get her tail to heal, but Dr Ann was patient and worked with us so that we didn't have to amputate her whole tail. Everyone should judge for themselves to determine if Ark is the right place for you and your pets. as I said I was very happy there for a number of years.
If there was a way to give Dr. Anast and the staff at Sandy Hill a 100 out of 5 stars, we would! Have been bringing our pets here for 20 years and have never had a single bad experience. Words cannot honestly fully express how much we appreciate this business. We have honestly been brought to tears many times by the depth of compassion this vet has towards our pets and our family. Could NEVER imagine anyone better! Dr. Anast has treated 6 cats and 5 dogs for us through these years and he has always been able to properly diagnose and treat them quickly and effectively. It is so reassuring to know he is there whenever anything goes wrong with any of our pets. When a few of these family pets have reached the end of their long dusty trail, Dr. Anast and staff have been there to help everyone through with great sensitivity and compassion. Our entire family, including our 2 children, love this guy and have the utmost faith in him!! When one of our Dalmatians was in her later years she had a stroke on New Years Eve, which fell on a Saturday. Dr. Anast made a special trip into the office for us and stayed late to make sure she was stable. After keeping her overnight, she was well enough to bring home on New Years Day. Dr. Anast met us at the office that Sunday and gave us a gift - of a fully functioning dog to bring home - and to answer our questions and give care instructions. Now how many vets in this city would ever go out of their way like that, especially on a holiday weekend?!! He has also treated the occasional rat, hamster, or other small critter that our kids have collected through years. He's never turned us away and has always treated all critters with kindness - and always knew exactly what was wrong and healed their ailments! It's hard to understand how anyone could give a bad review, but it takes all kinds. As they say, you can't please all the people all of the time. All we can say for anyone who was unhappy (and obviously didn't give Sandy Hill a fair try) - it's their loss and good riddance. Anyone who truly loves their animals and appreciates having them looked after by a loving, caring, knowledgeable, and capable doctor cannot go wrong with Dr. Anast and Sandy Hill. Thank you so much for all the things you've done for our family over the years Dr. Anast! There never has been and never will be any better veterinarian. We know one day you may want to, but we hope you never retire!
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.