Eight Tips for Protecting Your Pet »
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.
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.
When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
I recently had my first visit to see Dr Richman based on online reviews. My visit went well although it was only routine. When I initially contacted this clinic I did it through their website and I spoke to a very informative and pleasant receptionist who called me and that I later learned was Doc's wife. We set up most of Milton's file over the phone. I had an appointment last Saturday morning. When I pulled in the parking lot it was crowded but I still was able to find a spot to park easily. The grounds were well kept up and I found an area to walk Milton before we went into the clinic. The waiting room was clean and it did not smell at all. How refreshing. I spoke to Maryanne and was quickly moved into an exam room. One of Dr Richman's techs Robin then came in and took a picture of us for Milton's file. Then Dr Richman came in and we discussed Milton's history and previous records. Dr Richman was relaxed and took his time with us despite it being a busy saturday morning. I also me an intern from Ohio State that was spending her summer in this clinic. That was a good sign, I know Ohio State only places their students at good animal hospitals. Milton seemed to like his visit and so did I. Dr Richman was strightforward with us and pretty funny. I could tell he really likes what he does. He gave Milton a few biscuits and my dog was in love. The checkout was efficient and pleasant. We needed some heartworm pills and flea medicine and they were priced less than what I usually spend online. For a first visit I was very pleased. It seemed like the pet owners coming and going were happy with Dr Richman and two that I spoke to briefly had both been with him for a long time, That' was good to hear. They spoke well of him, both a man and a woman separately. Since I just moved to northeastern Ohio this Vet was a good find. The ratings are true. I also give him 5 stars.
I just thought that I would take a few moments to express how grateful I am to have met Dr. Richard Vago at the Snow-Ridge Veterinary Hopspital. I had some serious problems with my German Shepherd, "Mandy", she had jumped over a barbed wire fence and tore most of her lower groin and flank down to the muscle, she was bleeding profusely and was obviously in pain. I checked with our neighbor and he said call Dr. Vago or just go there, he's open now. I arrived in less than 10 minutes, rushed Mandy in the door without an appointment and Dr. Richard dropped everything and helped me get her into one of the treatment rooms. He observed how bad she was ripped by the barbed wire and immediately gave her a pain shot and some slight sedation. He didn't even know me from Adam and yet rushed to help my beloved Mandy. She started to calm down alittle and once he realized how severe she was torn up, that's when he mentioned about stitches and hospitalization. To make a long story short, Mandy came home the next morning and I was informed as to her after-care and set up the next appointment. She actually looked pretty descent, considering what had transpired, and licked my face and walked slowly to the door, she then turned and looked at Dr. Vago, as if to say "thank you" then jumped in the van and we went home. I don't know many Vets that would just treat a poor animal, without first asking you to leave your wallet at the desk, nor any Vets that would be more concerned about an animal suffering than the "almighty buck" but thank god I found one last Monday morning. Thank you Dr. Vago from the bottom of my heart..............best wishes Sal-G
I had my new puppy at Richman Animal Clinic last week for our first visit. I checked around for a good Vet that was honest and not outrageously expensive. I read the reviews and this Vet seemed to fit what I was looking for. Our visit was a good one. Dr Richman went over lots of important things with me and spent all the time I needed. My puppy really lliked him, too. Dr Richman went over housebreaking, shots, worms, feeding and training with me. Even gave me some homework to do. I wasn't crazy about that, but his recommendations are working and Lurch has accepted the changes without too many complaints. Alot of things with animals have changed since I had my last puppy but it should still be that the animals come first. I was very happy to hear this Vet and his staff say that to me. I was pretty nervous but I was put at ease the way things are done here. I heard Dr Richman laughing with people in the next exam room while I waited and I thought that was great that a Dr had a sense of humor. He got me laughing too and said we laugh here unless there is something serious going on. I like that. Lurch is a mix of we don't know - just that he is going to be big. So Dr Richman even made up a funny breed for him to be. I'm glad I checked this place out on line first and I agree that Richman Animal Clinic is a good place. I recommend it.
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.