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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Bakersfield, CA 93312
The calmest dog and vet event we ever had with our scared pup. She's 71/2 but gets so stressed going to vet. Dr Lucas came to our home and was so un…
2661 Oswell StBakersfield, CA 93306
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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 read the bad reviews and I have to disagree. This is one of the most intellectually gifted women that I have ever met. She is not only passionate about her practice, but I wish she practiced medicine for humans. I think the misconception is in the name itself. "Affordable" means just that (she is not a county ran hospital), it does not mean FREE. I am sorry for those who think that owning pets is a cheap commitment. Any pet owner knows that Vet bills are not cheap and unfortunate for you there isn't "Medi-cal" for pets. [*Side Note* Veterinary School is not CHEAP!] So, why should she give her knowledge away for free when she paid handsomely to obtain it? If you can't afford it...well, you shouldn't own a pet! Then there are the reviews about the wait time...YIKES! I bet you had to wait because this doctor took in an emergency case at 4:45p.m. while she was already booked. There is a lot that goes on behind those doors, and I have had the opportunity to see them first hand. While your "regular" vet closes at noon on Saturdays, yeah, she is there till 5:00p.m...and she will see you...so quit whining that you had to wait (poor planning on your part doesn't constitute an emergency on hers. SELFISH PERSON!.) Or better yet, wait till Monday when your vet opens back up and I am sure they will work you in, or go to Animal Emergency where the prices I am sure are way more "affordable". We often over look that the professionals that care for us and are families also have lives too. I have often wondered how this woman does it by working so many hours and still giving her all the next day. I respect her as a doctor and know damn well she gets tired too. Treat her with some respect, because I guarantee that her and her staff will do nothing but do the best for your pet. I will forever use Dr. Hamilton. I will pay the fees, because I know the responsibility that came with owning a pet. So, show some common courtesy to a doctor who is the one getting the bad end of the deal by giving your pet her full professional opinion.... I can honestly say that you are getting top notch care at a decent price. I recommend her today, and will as long as she practices. Thank you Dr. Hamilton.
My name is Babushka and Doctor Zac has been my doctor for the last 96 years. I’m over 103 years old now (that’s over 14 human years), and Doc Zac has ALWAYS been there for me. He is kind, gentle, and very caring, very empathetic. The staff is top notch also and has always gone above and beyond in making me comfortable wether it’s a short visit or an overnight stay. Doc Zac has always been able to see me in a hurry if I really needed to, in fact my human tells me I get better health care from my doctor than he does from his doctor. And if my human does not understand something Doc Zac will explain it to him until he does. He also has this really neat table that I can ride. It goes to the floor so I can get onto it and it lifts to a comfortable height where I can talk directly to the doc with out looking up all the time. When we’re done it takes me back to the floor. It also guesses my weight but as a girl I am never as heavy as it says I am (as to this whole weight to height thing I have never been overweight, I’m just not tall enough). The only thing I really don’t like about my doctor is where he sticks that thermometer. It’s probably the most accurate way of getting my temperature, but really, my human is standing right there and it’s so embarrassing (although I do have a problem holding it under my tongue). I’m getting old now, my legs are not what they used to be, my eyes are dimming, and my hearing is going dull. I have for the most part stopped chasing cats and squirrels, and sleep most of the day. Doc Zac has always been there for me, I can only hope that he will still be around in my twilight years, because, you see, he has been more than just my doctor, he has become my friend.
After a Dr. at Bakersfield Vet Hospital advised me to euthanize my 5 yr old rabbit due to hind leg weakness, I was devastated...especially since this suggestion was made less than 3 minutes into the appointment and before his blood tests were even taken. 1 ½ weeks and $300 later, I was told that his tests were negative (thank God I didn’t take them up on their deadly offer). I ran across Allen Road Vet on this site and despite the negative reviews, I called to get some info, and mentioned the negative feedback to the receptionist. She simply told me that everyone has their own opinion, but the only way I’d know is to go in and judge for myself…and I’m glad I did. The first thing Dr. Kameel did was check his leg for swelling and broken bones and set him on the ground to inspect his leg as he hopped...surprisingly as simple as that may sound, it was not done at the other hospital. She then proceeded to thoroughly check him out and was honest enough to tell me that although she had an idea what the problem was, she was not 100% sure how or why it happened. Apparently her diagnoses was accurate because he was up and hopping a little within 3 days, which was more than he had done in weeks. In addition to this, she not only called to check on him, but she didn’t charge me for his visit or his 1-week check-up. I couldn’t be more pleased with their over all compassion, service, care…and of course my lil bunnies results.
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.