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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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Many people like to make judgement without always knowing both sides to a story. Many people also like to gossip with no facts to back up their stories. There are many good and bad employees at any establishment, as well as those that dont like to follow rules and think their ways are better. There many people that dont think anyone knows the best way to do something but themselves. To do a good job requires alot of work and diligence and many workers look for an easier way to get things done. Everyone wants to be the boss and do their own thing. People want to work in a Veterinary facility as they "love animals". But the job require much more than that, It requires timeless hours of care and work, I personally have worked at this establishment and have evidenced many of the employees having worked there for many years, some as long as 10 or more. Those that come and go have histories of that and are never happy at any of their jobs. As for the Veterinarians, most are now female who tend to get or become married and follow their husbands positions. They also start raising families and only want to work a few hours a week. The Veterinary profession as a whole is changing as no one wants the responsibility of owning and running a business and putting in all of the extra hours that the other employees will not. It is difficult to provide continuity of care for clients when this happens. This profession is like many others in that not many people take their job as a responsibility, but a mere paycheck. I think many are too quick to slander and need to spend more of their time looking at themselves.
Listen up all those out there who adore your pets and want the very best possible care for them. No need searching any further because you have found THE PLACE. No need calling Aunt Mildred to see where she takes her precious Buffy, Muffy and Tuffy because, like I said, you have found THE PLACE. You have found THE PLACE, THE DOCTORS, THE STAFF and the CARE and CONCERN we all want when it comes to the heart of the family...that small, medium, or large...hairless, furry, or feathery...unconditional love filled, faithful, and forever friend...your pet. I have been a client of Miami Valley Animal Hospital for probably 30 years...not sure how that happened since I just turned 29...but it happened and it's been a long and wonderful relationship. Imagine going in for a routine visit and Dr. Watts (he's the vet) actually playing with and talking to your pet before even getting started with the exam! He's thorough, he's knowledgeable, he's kind, and he's caring. I've been there with my heart bursting with joy because I have that brand new puppy in my arms...and I've been there with my heart breaking with sadness because I'm holding that 15 year old, loving dog in my arms for the last time. Dr. Watts has taken that "last act of love" journey with me and my husband several times over the years and he and his staff have always been a great comfort. So...close the phone book, hang up on Aunt Mildred, and take my word for it because I wouldn't lead you astray (Get it? A stray?)...call MVAH for the best care possible!
I honestly cant believe the reviews that have been posted. This doctor and his employees have always treated my family and i with absolute respect. My cats hind legs had just out of no where stopped working on her, she could not walk at all. The next day i was able to make an appointment with them. There was not a long wait and with some tests he determined she had heart disease. He has prescribed her with medications and has even given them to us for free, he gave us food for free, at the drop of a dime the receptionist sent a prescription for my cats food after i ran out of what they gave me. The best part is my baby is 1000% better!! She would not have eaten if it werent for the food and the syringes they gave me to feed her with, she was too weak to chew. She would not have gotten better if it wasnt for the medicine and the EXPERTISE this vet has that probably saved my cats life and continues to keep her going. She is walking and even jumping and running a little, not bad for an 18 year old cat with heart disease!!! I am forever grateful for this vet clinic and the proffesionals that work here that saved my kitty. And if you cant hear him ask him to speak up, it's really not that hard.
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.