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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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I have a 3 year old Black Lab who developed a cyst on the top of his head about 6 months ago. At first our family was not concerned because we had heard it was common in his breed and would not get very big. Yet in a few months it had quadrupled in size. Our household has 4 animals 2 cats and 2 dogs all rescues from dire situations except for one. (my husband jokes that I am the animal rescuer) Over the years I have found and homed 5 stray dogs because I love animals but our family is at the max capacity. I called over 25 clinics looking for ONE vet who could help him and provide us with a payment option or an affordable quote. NONE of them even consider a payment plan. We take all our LOVES to the LOW COST SPAY AND NEUTER on Sunset for their vaccines and all of our pets were spayed and neutered there. Yet they do not do surgeries or check ups. We used an animal hospital off Teasley for the check ups but NEVER AGAIN. They too would not allow payments even though we had used them for check ups. I was desperate and Sad because our family does not have the cash at hand for such a surgery. And then my mother recommended Nat Adams. A true BLESSING is this woman. She not only quoted me $200 dollars less than the other vets who would give a quote; She allowed me a face to face visit to discuss payment for the surgery. She did not even charge me for the initial visit due to the fact it was a pre operation evaluation. She gave such a reasonable price for shots that I was not aware my Lab even needed and she was straight forward with all cost that may or may not arise. All of my Vet needs will be FOREVER with her clinic. The staff was beyond compassionate, the clinic was clean, and I actually got to speak with Nat Adams, DVM without feeling like I was an imposition to her. She took the time to hear Chompers life story(thats my Lab) and shared her own animal rescue stories with me. She saved my mothers rescue terrier from heartworms when all other vets prices were too much. She is Awesome and you will NOT find a better Veterinarian in Denton Texas. She may not do payment plans with everyone because Denton is a college town and each case is different. Yet we were able to work out an agreeable deal with a considerable down payment and due to the fact her overall cost is so much lower than other vets in the area; Our family will actually be able to pay most of the cost sooner than we had discussed. This Veterinarian and her absolute awesomeness is our "Chompers" Savoir.
i have 5 dogs and have been taking them to the denton location for years. I have nothing but high praise for what they do. Folks if you want a high touch experience with all of the bells and whistles, go to a full vet and pay 5 times as much. The vet at the Denton office is a very competent professional (he is an Aggie after all). Some of the negative reviews complain about pain meds, well I hate to break it to you but, yes you have to buy pain meds after a procedure its part of the deal. I have used all of their services and I really like their dental cleanings - great outcome at a 5th the price my regular vet charges.
I wish Dr. Wright would treat people instead because if he did, he would be MY doctor! I have used him for over 5 years now with my foster, a Shar Pei Rescue and for my 3 personal dogs. He uses common sense and patience when dealing with the animals. He also has a great personality for dealing with people. Dr. Wright also donates his time every 3 months for the low cost vaccination clinic at the Denton Animal Shelter. He has a true love for animals that shows in everything he does. I cannot say enough good things about this man!
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.