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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.
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
I started off having a very bad expreience going to Banfied looking for help for my dog Molly. My daughter discovered a strange bubble on the right ear. I brought my bog into Banfied to see what was on her ear, and they responded by telling me it was a hematoma (a medium blood clot inside the ear) , I proceed with the appointment wondering what we should do about the ear, and Banfiel prescibed a steriod and antibiotic to give my gave my dog; And lets not forget the 35$ fee just t diagnose my dog's ear and what type of ear infection was inside of the ear.The total cost for the expection was 150$. Finally Banfield gave me an estimate of $1.145.91 for the final surgery for Molly's ear. Being unemployed and without income, i didnt have the money to pay for the surgery, i barly had enough money to pay for the vist to Banfield. I left the Vet's office destressed an looking for answer to this big problem that has presented itself to me. Frantically searching for answer i ran across "Compassionate Care-Animal Hospital" I read other blog post about this Animal Hopistals and was over joyed. I called right away and was greeted with a wonderful lady named Wendy, i told her my story and she reasured me that "Compassionate Care" was the place for me. She helped me find away to save my dog Molly and stay in a 500$ budget. My dog is a very tempted dog, but with in a medium period of time "Compassionate Care" became my dog's second home. I am so thankful for those nurses and doctors at "Compassionate Care" without them i dont know what I nor my dog would have done. If you have a animal in need THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO. it is located at 9300 Monroe Rd Charlotte, NC 28270 704-847-4796 GO! GO! GO! GO! THIS IS A GREAT PLACE WITH LOVEY PEOPLE AND I AM SO THANKFUL WITH THEM. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
I have known Dr. Chambers for over 20 years. He is the most knowledgeable, compassionate vet that I have ever met. He provides his cell number in case of emergency. One Sunday I had to call him because my 16 year old Cocker Spaniel, Bernie, had a stroke. It was time for Bernie to go to heaven and I didn't want a stranger at an emergency hospital sending him off. . Dr. Chambers met me at the clinic (on a Sunday morning) and sent him to heaven. He was so kind and understanding. I was so grateful. Dr. Chambers cares for the health needs of all three of my dogs and I trust him completely. One of my dogs was abused as a puppy and she found a friend (Tiffany) at Carolinas Animal Hospital. Tiffany spent a lot of time getting to know Bernice and gaining her trust. As long as Tiffany is around, Bernice doesn't mind visiting the animal hospital. Recently, Bernice had to have 24 teeth removed. Dr. Duncan was the surgeon. She was fabulous, too. She did such a wonderful job. I am pleased to mention that Bernice is recovering nicely. The entire staff at this animal hospital are like family to me. Everyone is so friendly and they go out of their way to be helpful. There is no doubt that they provide the very best care for every pet. When they say, "They treat their pets as if they are their very own," it's true. I believe this is the best animal hospital in North Carolina-not just Charlotte. The staffs' professionalism, knowledge, compassion, kindness and friendliness can not be beat. When I saw that someone gave them a one star rating, I was shocked. That customer must have made a mistake and reviewed the wrong animal hospital because Carolinas Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic deserve the highest number of stars possible. They are the BEST.
The doctors at Carloina's Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic, Dr. Marguerite Gleason in particular, are like angels sent from heaven. Thanks to Dr. Gelason's intuition and attention to detail, I will have my best friend and companion in my life for a lot longer. It is very difficult to have a sick pet, but Dr. Gleason and her staff were so compassionate and comforting during our ordeal that I felt like I was surrounded by friends who really cared about my dog and her well-being. I have lived in many states (and 3 other countries) and in all of my years of owning pets and going to vets, I have never found one who even compares to Dr. Gleason. Her expertise, warmth, confidence and humor make you feel instantly at ease knowing that she has everything under control. Dr. Gleason and her staff have my highest recommendation. You will be so pleased to have them on your side...
The very best vet and staff anywhere around. We would not consider sending any of our customers anywhere else. ( we own a boarding kennel and do rescue work) When your pet goes to this vet they make every effort to do all they can to give you the very best care around. My dogs never even get nervous about the visits! They treat you and your pet with care, respect and take time to explain things like no one else we have ever gone to see. Dr.Booker never rushes his visits with the pets in his care and even returns phone calls! Not many vets feel the need to offer that special touch to their clients anymore. Thanks to Dr.Booker and his staff I still have several of our dogs that would never had made it if we had went to other vets. Dr. Booker will research any kind of odd health issue and find just the right treatment to get your pet back to the best of health!
I am so pleased with the level of service my Sammy received from Dr. Chambers and his staff. My original vet who has been taking care of Sam since he was a baby had left to pursue his own practice and now is too far away from our home. I felt since he was no longer there it was time to find a vet closer to my home. I called Carolinas Animal Hospital and we felt right at home immediately upon arrival for his first visit. The icing on the cake is that I no longer have to take him to PetSmart for grooming (which was more convenient for me than traveling to the old vet). Carolinas grooming care is excellent. I can tell the difference in my dogs demeanor when I picked him up from his first bath compared to PetSmart. Dr. Chambers is an outstanding doctor and I would recommend their services to anyone looking for vet office.
We initially took our dogs to the Carolinas Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic for location convenience when relocating to the Charlotte area. However, this office is more than just convenient even now that we've moved 10 miles further out. Both Drs. Chambers & Gleason and all the support staff have treated us and our dogs with respect and always the best TLC. For the last two years, we've taken our animals in for their regular checkups & surgeries as well as teeth cleaning & extraction. Their compassion speaks volumes when our pets enjoy walking in the door. We love the atmosphere of the office (inviting, clean, good-smelling) and attitude (friendly, knowledgeable) of the staff each team we visit and have never considered another business for the care of our furry family members.
Dr Gleason and the staff at Carolinas Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic are the best. They took exceptional care of our pet and I feel went above and beyond the call of duty. Dr Gleason had to fix our dogs fractured jaw, she explained everything she was going to do and with the follow-up visits she treated us like we were family. She gave me her email address in case I had any concerns after hours, a couple times I did email her and she got right back to me. You can see in all her words and actions how much she loves and cares about your pet and you! I would recommend them to everyone I know. You and your pet will be in great hands at Carolinas Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic. I couldn't thank them enough for all the tender loving care they gave our Peanut!
I have been going to Dr. Cooper now for 7 years. There is not another VET that I would trust with my boxers. He has taken care of both of them from the time they were born. He has spayed both of them and they both did excellent. While I was there last week getting my youngest boxer spayed a lady came in with a very sick cat, so sick that the owner was afraid it might die. With-in seconds Dr. Cooper was working with the cat, and about 10 minutes later that cat sat up and started eating. Totally amazing. The cat had low blood sugar and I got to witness Dr. Cooper AT HIS FINEST that day. WAY TO GO!! I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Cooper and his practice. The staff there are very caring and loving with all animals.
Dear Dr. Queck, This is Snoop and his two families, Granpa Chris and Grandma Jimmie and Daddy Scott, just writing this morning to say a BIG THANK YOU to you and all your wonderful team for treating Snoop's tooth yesterday. How wonderful to have Snoop's tooth fix so well and so fast. He is back this morning to playing with a tennis ball, eating comfortably and happy, happy, happy! You are absolutely terrific. You made us all feel so comfortable and at ease from the moment we arrived and through his post-op. You explained everything so well and patiently, and were so loving to Snoop. Nice people doing great work for the center of our lives. Thank you! Cheers, SNOOP, Chris and Jimmie, and Scott
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.