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608 Morreene RdDurham, NC 27705
From Business: Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital caters to the needs of primary care veterinarians and pet owners. It serves its clients pet emergency and specialized medical …
5319 New Hope Commons Boulevard Ext Ste 102BDurham, NC 27707
Dr. Szymkowski is gentle with my little guys and she answers all our questions. Even when I send a question by email, if she can answer by email, sh…
202 W Nc Highway 54 Suite 505Durham, NC 27713
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physical…
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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First let me start by thanking Hannah Parker and affordable animal care for providing veterinary service at a price regular people can handle in a time when vet clinics seem to be squeezing every cent out of pet owners who care about their animals. We came from a vet who charged $300 to spay our cat, and hundreds more for emergency visits due to infection from the surgery. This former vet also charged nearly $200 for basic shots due to the huge fees for examination and other useless services. When our dog had a growth on its head and they gave us an estimate of $1300 for removal it was the final straw. I found affordable animal care and gave it a shot. The vet who no longer works there not only saved our cats life removing the previous vets infection, but also removed the dogs growth for $300. No they don't have a beautiful building in the nicest area and their fax machine and scale may not work quiet right, but having a vet in our community who isn't out to make a fortune off the love you have for your pets is priceless. 2 shots for the cat and an examination for our dog that revealed a tumor in her mouth-- $62. That would have cost hundreds at most vets. You really think I'm going to whine about a $3 debit card fee? And anybody dumb enough to cry about $72 for 2 shots for 2 dogs should go to any of the other high priced vets in our area and compare before they right a review showing their idiocy by actually admitting they thought their dogs were getting their shots for $4. Thank you affordable animal care for what you do in an area where clearly you are not appreciated
I can't say enough good things about Affordable Animal Care. I live in Cary so it's a bit of a hike for me, but it's very much worth it. The first time I met Dr. Hannah Parker, I liked her immediately. She's friendly and competent. My husband and I have had a lot of money going out (medical bills, other expenses) so when our cat needed a chest X-ray, Affordable Animal Care was an obvious first choice. We had gone to them in the past for other big-ticket procedures (like teeth cleaning for one of our dogs and a different cat) but had not been using them as our primary vet due to the distance. I went in today for the cat's follow-up visit along with our dog for his physical and heartworm test. I walked out of there with a $59 bill. The same services I received at Affordable Animal Care would have cost me AT LEAST $173 at our normal vet (Chatham Animal Hospital). This is in no way an exaggeration. We got estimates from Chatham before we had these procedures done at Affordable Animal Care for comparison. Please give them a try. Dr. Parker is very good, and very reasonable. You can tell she's in it because she wants to help animals and people. The techs have always been friendly. Profit is not the primary concern of AAC, caring for animals and keeping prices affordable is. They will be our primary vet from now on.
I've been taking my pets to this clinic for years. I've always enjoyed bringing my pets to this facility everyone always greets them with the best attitude. Seeing below there are good and bad reviews. I can personally say I have not had any bad experiences with this clinic. I've been to high end clinics and low cost clinics. This facility is just the same as any normal clinic nothing less or jipped from. I love what this Clinic represents and how it helps this community and surrounding areas. I was sitting in the lobby speaking to a few clients and just like myself all of us are in tight money situations and we all agreed that without this clinic we would not be able to afford to care for our animals. We are very appreciative for this clinic and we look forward to years having a relation with this clinic. Thank you to the owner for having your facility to help all the people and their fur babies. And thank you, thank you to the staff for always taking the best care of my babies!
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.