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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 Border Collie, Scotty and I just completed our first 5 week course of Obedience training with Mike of Champion Dog Training. Scotty is a 2 yr old rescue who was very sweet with zero “manners”. I needed quick, focused obedience training in a hurry and knew Petsmart was not going to cut it. After much online research, I found Champion Dog Training and got in touch with Mike. From our first lesson, we left with results. I left with tools and a new understanding of my dog (and a firmer voice). At the end of 5 weeks, not only does he listen up, but heels, sits, stands, stays, downs, etc like a soldier. We still have plenty to learn and continue to practice daily what Mike has taught us. We will begin our 2nd Obedience course with Mike in a couple of weeks. He offers 5 week courses for different levels of obedience training which you as the handler participate in or will board and train your dog for 2 weeks straight and you come pick up your “new” dog. Either way you will get results and your dog will have the manners and obedience you’d always hoped for. Mike is a kind, patient, experienced, professional dog trainer that delivers results. He is a retired BSO police officer and K9 trainer. I struck gold with Mike at Champion Dog Training and you can too. I don’t believe anyone has ever trained with Mike and was disappointed. As you can see, there are no mixed reviews; and for good reason.
As a pet owner all my life, I have had my share of midnight runs to pet emergency hospitals over the years. Some experiences were much better than others...some just plain terrible. My experience with Pet Emergency in Fort Lauderdale was top notch and I am very happy to write this review. I do not think my dog would have lived if I had taken him elsewhere. I called in advance to notify them I was on my way with my chihuahua, whoes trachea was closing and he was struggeling to breathe. His tongue was turning blue and I knew if I didn't get him help immediately he was going to die. They met me at the door, calmed me down, took my tiny pet in the back and saved his life. In the meantime the tech at the front desk talked to me and kept going to the back to give me updates on his condition. Her kindness went beyond what I would expect and was more than appreciated. They kept my little dog overnight for observation and when I returned the following morning to pick him up the vet came out and spoke to me at length. I was given excellent advice in order to avoid anoth reoccurance, meds to help his condition and a follow up phone call late the next afternoon. Over and above!! Thank you Pet Emergency!! You saved my little pets life and made this horrible experience much less painful with your caring kindness to me while my pet was being saved.
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.