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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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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.
FACT: SETAEC is NOT under any circumstances a FREE animal clinic. Would you go into walmart and demand they give you your food and supplies on the basis that you promise to return and pay? No? I don't think that would go down to well. This animal emergency hospital runs on the same basis. If you can not afford to house, feed, and maintain your pets health then WHY do you have one to begin with, or why would you allow it to become pregnant knowing the risks involved? It is not THEIR fault that your animal was unsupervised and allowed to drink chemicals, nor is it their fault if your dog is pregnant and having trouble delivering the puppies. The SETAEC is run by board members who set forth the rules. So try to understand that the person your yelling at over the phone and the doctors who care for your pets have to follow those rules. Secondly, they can NOT give you information over the phone because that makes them liable if YOU screw it up. This does not run like a human hospital, those who are naive to think so should reconsider owning a pet. If you do not pay for your services then the hospital goes broke, then your choices would be either Lake Charles, La. or Houston. That alone is the main reason human hospital bills are so high. Your paying for all of the people that &amp;amp;quot;promised&amp;amp;quot; to come back and pay. They provide a service that no one else does during the night time, weekend, and holiday hours. The doctors and the staff do not have magic wands, but they ARE wonderful people, not animal killers. They have treated several of my animals with curiosity and professionalism among MANY other people as well. The owners who have an animal they can't afford to treat are the responsible parties there if their animal dies, not the people who strive to save everything that comes through their door to the best of their ability. So if you want the best care and knowledgeable doctors at 2am when no one else is available to help, SETAEC IS the best place to go. Don't be blinded by people who are angry that they didn't get free services or that were asked to pay for their services and are angry that they couldn't. They also offer care credit as an alternative source, which no one here seems to have mentioned. Last but not least, might I add that one of these ratings is completely incorrect, the gentleman didn't even attempt to go into the hospital, he just called. It was never a forgotten wallet, and IF that had been the case would he have ran home and grabbed it? So he wasn't turned away just as an FYI. I'd be concerned about a lawsuit suing him for slander and liable if I were him, since there is no record of him visiting tonight. Secondly, the telecheck that was denied... if it was morning time, why would you just run down the road to an ATM or your bank and pull the money out if it was there? ::It's better to let people assume your stupid; than to speak and remove all doubt.:: SETAEC customer, because I AM responsible for whatever may happen to my pets.
Well, first for anyone to turn an injured animal away having the proper equipment to deal withe injury is wrong. I understand as far as paying for your service and I very much agree, however an accident is called an accident for a reason... You can never be fully prepared for an accident. We have all had financial issues, wheel a lot of us have and it's hard when u get into a bind and cannot afford care for ur animal, but u should never expect free handouts. I guess point being mine anyways no animal deserves to be turned away and left to suffer in some cases animal healthcare providers may not be obligated but out of care and compassion I believe every healthcare provider, human or animal should at least consider the circumstances . As far as my experience goes I had a female mini daschound go into labor in the middle of the night and this doctor that I talked to, she did not jump the gun and tell me to come n, she was very polite and professional and she showed compassion for my situation. Had it not been for her my dog and her unexpected time of going into labor at 2 am would probably not have done so well the pups would probably not have survived. Thank you for your time and advice. I was well on my way to doing the wrong thing for my dog, after I spoke with this female vet I felt very comfortable letting my dog alone to take care of her business. Thank you dr. So much
Dowlen road animal clinic is one of the best veterinary clinics I have ever gone to and even though I now live almost 100 miles away, I drive all the way back to Beaumont for the care I receive from this clinic and specifically Dr. Lehman Custer. I have raised tiny Yorkshire terriers for years so I am very familiar with many of the vets in Beaumont. Although I have nothing but good things to say about my experiences with these other vets, dowlen road animal clinic is far superior in progressive treatment and knowledge of the latest cutting edge technology. If you are looking for a new vet, don't hesitate to call dowlen road animal clinic and book an appointment with Dr. Custer or one of the other great doctors at this clinic. You will be glad you did.
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.