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She is great to work with and I love how she is so detailed with my kids when working on their animals.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
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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.
Last week was the first time I had been to the Thurman Veterinary Clinic, and I must say it was an amazing experience! I was quite nervous because I own a pit/boxer mix who is fearful aggressive....very aggressive. We avoid going to the vet because I have had negative experiences in the past with vets not being able to handle her or just being plain scared of her. Dr. Thurman handled my baby girl with such a calm and understanding manner. She of course was growling through her muzzle and behaving aggressively, but Dr. Thurman didn't bat an eye. He took her out of the room to examine her and update her shots, and once with him, she no longer growled or made any attempt to make an aggressive move towards him. He brought her back in and explained that in his experience with aggressive animals, he has determined that "less is more". He was knowledgable and thorough with explaining what was wrong with my pup and was extremely professional. I would recommend him to everyone. He has taken the fear out of taking my Riley to the vet, which is a relief since she is getting up there in age and may need to visit more often in the future. Two thumbs up no doubt!
I changed from my regular Animal Hospital, that both my brother and I used and switched to this animal doctors office one day when I felt like we were being taken advantage of financially. Best thing I could have possibly done! This has been the best veterinarian for regular illnesses that aren't an emergency as well as checkups & shots. The doctor there is absolutely more than fair and he treats everybody as an individual case, rather than feeling like you're just one in the crowd and getting heardrd it through the line! Not only has he dealt with my animals in the past but I've taken all of my animals there my sister now that was there, my brother now goes there and my parents. I promise you that I wouldn't give you information that wasn't true and trust and believe that your dog, cat, kitten, puppy or any other type of animal that you may have is in extremely good hands at this doctors office.
Dr. Sheahan is absolutely wonderful. When I had taken my dog Maggie to several different vets to take care of her allergies and they kept giving her predisone......1 visit and one allergy test later with Rosedale Vet and we had it handled. When my daughters cat Chilie Bean needed a specialized surgery and her vet could not do it......Heidi did the surgery rather than going down south. And last but not least, when my son's dog lost an eye, Heidi did the surgery rather than driving to Arroyo Grande or Ventura. Best of all, she loves animals and is great with them. This is her passion and she keeps up on all the new stuff coming out and is self sufficient when it comes to xrays and testing machines. If you want a long term vet for all your animals, just call Heidi at Rosedale Vet.
we had to have our 11 year old boxer put to sleep. in the past we have had to bring our large animals to the vet. to do this. if you have ever gone through this you know how diffucult it is. we heard of dr.love through a friends friend. we called her and she made an appointment for the next day. she is very professional and caring. our boxer ''BUDDY" was very comfortable in her presence. we gave him a meal of cheese and ham while he looked out the front door,guarding his house and family,resting on his bed. we spent some time with him and when we were ready she gave him a relaxing drug and then the final drug. it is never easy but this was such a better experience. i am so thankful for her. i would recommend her for any treatment that you need.
I take all my pets here. Every vist is met with a smiling face and a truly caring heart. This past September my husband and I had to have our 12 year old black lab Luke put to sleep. The vet staff had our room ready and clean. They allowed us to bring his favorite bed with us so he would be as comfortable as possible. they gave us all the time we needed to say our good byes and the vet tech even sat on the floor with us as the vet did the procedure. I was given hugs and heart felt condolences when we left the hospital. I will never forget or be able to give enough thanks to the wonderful staff for all they did for us. At the oaks pet hospital will always be our vet!!!
A HIDDEN GEM…My pet was near death. After being told only in Los Angeles could his needed procedure be done, I found At the Oaks Hospital. Dr. Sidhu performed the procedure and at a fraction of the cost. Dr. Sidhu’s professional diagnostic approach with his genuine concern put me at ease. Those I met in the waiting room were equally impressed with the Hospitals care and performance. Don’t waste your time and money going anywhere else! When your pet is sick you want answers and action! THIS IS AN EXCELLENT HOSPITAL…Oh yes…My Dog is doing Very well…
Over the years Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital has been staffed with wonderful, caring Doctors and we appreciate them. Recently we had to take our sick Chocolate Lab in afterhours where she received treatment from Dr. Humphrey Yu which helped her make a complete recovery. Our thanks to Dr. Yu and the entire backroom staff for initiating the correct treatment for her - you most certainly live up to your mission statement - “Our goal is to treat, cure, and maintain the health of your pets- with sincerity and compassion.” Ed and Monica Hollis
I have taken my pets for Dr. V for years and all of my animals love the staff, they make me feel welcome everythime I walk through the door. Even the new vet has made a mark on my pets. They are happier here then even the park. Once my little one got bite by something on her head and it got really big and the staff here did everything the could to make her feel beter and make me feel better at the same time. I am confindant leaving my pets here with the loving staff at north of the river vet hospital. Oh and grooming price are really good.
I can't recommend Dr. Love highly enough. When it became necessary to have my 16-year old dog put down I called Dr. Love who had been recommended by my parents. She came to my house within an hour of our conversation. She was professional, courteous and very thoughtful to both my dog and me. it was a really rough time for me and the was she handled the situation made things so much easier. She even sent me a sympathy card two days later. For that I'll always be grateful and so very appreciative.
I am shocked when I read some of these angry reviews. I've been going here since 2007. My dog broke his leg and they did an excellent job of mending it. They also wound give him steroid shots and not charge me for an office visit, I only had to pay for the shot. Dr Jensen has never one time been absent from visiting with me one on one and explaining things to me. I like this place a lot!
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.