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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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My pup of 10 years, (a precious older rescue dog) went to see the doctor today because of a scary, unexplained persistent cough, and being from out-of-state on vacation, I was stressed having my dog get sick away from home. I looked over the internet, and decided to call this particular vet because of past reviews, and to relieve my worries over my sick puppy being away from home. They took us right in, did a thorough exam on my pup, and actually 'talked me through' their diagnosis, and how they were reaching that conclusion. "Pup" and I left the vet's office with a peaceful mind and heart, knowledge about our situation, armed with medicines and full explanations, ........and I am so thrilled that I took my pup to them today! Being so far away from home with a sick pup is no way to travel, but the people of Eunice, Louisiana, once again, displayed amazing hospitality, concern, reached what turned out to be the most probable and likely diagnosis available, and I would not ever hesitate to hurry to them again under any circumstances! Everyone in the office was friendly, courteous, professional, and I felt like a valued long-time 'patient', instead of a stranger passing through. It was nice that the pups prescriptions could be filled right in the office, at a very reasonable price, so I had to make no unexpected trips to a pharmacy with an ailing puppy. Also, the outer office / waiting room is well-stocked with some of the real necessities one might need if they were needing to get home quickly, ....and although no one drew attention to his available 'necessary' supplies discretely on the shelves in the waiting room, and no one ever mentioned it, it was so very convenient to be able to pick up some supplies to help myself care for my pet after the diagnosis, and I didn't have to go to the store to pick up a warmer piece of clothing for my ailing pet, since we were camping, and might need more warmth during the illness, ....... so I was able to pick up a couple of things to help me be certain my pet would be comfortable and warm through the night tonight. I consider myself to be most fortunate to have chosen this doctor's office, because my pet is now examined, treated, and safe, ........and I will sleep tonight! Thanks to the Northside Veterinary Hospital for excellent care and top-notch professionalism! They treat your pet as if it is your precious child, with tenderness, caring, dignity, and individualism! I am so grateful for this opportunity to once again see such a integral part of the wonderful people I have met while being in Eunice for the Mardi Gras activities! I will be back for sure! Never hesitate to use this animal hospital, and you will be certainly glad of your choice!
I have been taking my pets (2) dogs the this doc. for three yrs. now. both were puppies, I am very happy with them. my dogs are rescue dogs and they had not been cared for very well when I got them. The doctor has taught me how to care for them. The staff are very compassionate and patient. my dogs love going there, even when they are getting their shots. they have received great health care and I have been given the best advice regarding their care. I have no complaints. Dr. Ted takes time to talk to me about any concerns I may have regarding their care or behavior. my appointments have been timely. they call after visits when they receive shots or medication to see how they are doing. my dogs are healthy and happy. I have also sheltered them there when I go out of town, because I know they will take care of them. I can call any time for advice or am concerned about something regarding my dogs.
I love Ned and all his staff. I have been using Ned for 6 years now. He helped me save my dog Lucky from heartworms and saved my dog Bandit after a coyote attack. Bandit had to be kenneled for over a week and the charges were very small for all he had to do to save his life. I highly recommend Ned and his staff and I will continue to use them for all of my future pets.
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.