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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
5557 Austin Bluffs PkwyColorado Springs, CO 80918
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3930 Hancock ExpyColorado Springs, CO 80911
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1420 N Academy BlvdColorado Springs, CO 80909
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12740 Black Forest RdColorado Springs, CO 80908
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My family and I have been going here for years and have mostly worked with Dr. Flenniken. From day one of meeting him, you could tell just how much he loved his job and was so compassionate towards everyone and our pets. We met him when we had our first golden who was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Dr. Flenniken was very upfront about all of our options and helped us make the best decision, which at that time was chemo. Casey only lasted a few months after that, but Dr. Flenniken was there for us thru it all. He gave my mom so much strength and still remember Casey even after 10+ years. Our next Golden, Shania we lost in 2011 and once again Dr. Flenniken was there throughout the entire process. She did not have cancer but was suffering from severe hip displaysia and eventually we saw it in her eyes, it was time to let her go. When we took her to the vet, it was the worst day ever for our family but Dr. Flenniken helped us thru it. He made sure we were right there with our Nini and walked us thru the whole process. Then, our pitbull Jazzy went thru a form of skin cancer and had to have surgery to remove the mass. But we trusted that Jazzy would be in great hands and sure enough she was. Now, we are on the verge of losing our beloved black lab Simba and once again, Dr. Flenniken has been amazing helping us through it all. He even called while he was on vacation to let us know what the test results were. Our family is eternally grateful to all the staff here at this facility, but especially Dr. Flenniken. He's truly wonderful and I don't think we would have come this far without him. He deserves all the greatest thanks in the world!!!
We just moved to the Springs and we were looking for a vet that we could trust. Our friends told us about Yorkshire and had nothing but great things to say about it. We were a little hesitant because it is so far away from our house but decided to go anyway. They were awesome! From the receptionists to the staff in the back, they were all great! We have two huskies and one of which is very nervous when it comes to the vet. The veterinarian made him feel at ease every time he got nervous. We were so used to being treated horribly which was by another vet in another town that when we went to Yorkshire we didn't know what to expect, but we will definitely be using Yorkshire from now on. The only thing is that they were a little more expensive than what we were used to, but I would gladly pay how ever much to have my animals taken care of properly and for us to be treated with respect.
I have been going yo Hamletts since they were at the bolder location. They are always busy and schedule up fast, but it is because they are good. Good vets are worth the wait. I don't know how they could be butchering animals when both of my male cats and male dog had beautiful stitches. The times for surgeries is an appointment (so they dont overbook)but walk in basis. My advice is to show up the earliest time and for vaccinations walk in. Less waiting time, the earlier you come. I have never seen the receptionists get rude before, but id imagine they have bad days with rude patient owners. All of my pets and future pets will go there. I have a spay appointment for my new girl kitty in two weeks. They are the cheapest for shots and surgeries, with good vets. All of my animals recovered with no infections or complications (:
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.