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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
1630 E Oakland Park BlvdFort Lauderdale, FL 33334
From Business: Our hospital has earned an excellent reputation by offering complete surgical and diagnostic care to our patients and their caring owners. Our state-of-the-art 6000…
2750 N Federal HwyFort Lauderdale, FL 33306
From Business: Family Pet Medical Center is a full-service small-animal hospital and veterinary practice located in Fort Lauderdale FL. We provide primary care, surgical, in-patie…
LOCATIONS Throughout FloridaMiami, FL 33169
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6602 Hollywood BlvdHollywood, FL 33024
I took my yorkie in on a Sunday evening because he was experiencing convulsions and what seemed to be seizures. The doctor on call seemed very inter…
180 NW Spanish River BlvdBoca Raton, FL 33431
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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 struck GOLD when I found Weston Lakes Animal Hospital! I give them 5 stars overall! They have the most affordable prices, customers NEVER pay for the exam fee (They waive it every time!), they always give the best customer service, have 24/7 Emergency services available with a REAL Ambulance that comes to your house, etc., I explain more (below), but I HAVE TO recommend this place to EVERYONE! Being that I've been involved in dog rescue for several years, I've been to many animal hospitals, some were god, some bad, but every one lacked something in one area or another, I was frustrated b/c I never was able to find the complete package, until now! I can honestly say that they are a PERFECT 10 & I'm now a happy, loyal client for life! I've even referred my Mother & her 2 Labs Daisy & Chloe & I NEVER would have sent my own Mother there if they weren't the best! Actually, my Mom was VERY impressed & happy & now she's a loyal client for life as well! They NEVER charge an exam fee (All other Vets charge $45-$60)! They offer financing (without a credit check via icare), the entire staff i9ncluding the front desk, the Vet techs & the 2 Doctors are OUTSTANDING! Everything is new, clean & spotless (Even in the back!). They take time with you, fit you in if it's urgent, they treat my dogs like family, with compassion & tenderness! They do everything in their power to help, they work with you in every way possible, they are so friendly, they even remember our names! They are so intelligent & they do not nickel & dime you either like some of the other Vets do! They're fair & honest people & they don't over charge or suggest unnecessary procedures just to hike up the bill! Their estimates & bills are far cheaper that any Vet I've ever been too, when I compared their charges vs. past Vet's invoice charges for the same items! The service & value is truly an incredible deal & savings! And they are Rescue friendly! And what's even more incredible, is that they are open until 9pm, 7 days a week plus they're on call 24/7! They even have a real AMBULANCE that comes to your house in emergencies or after hours & even THAT is affordable too! These people awesome & are really in this business for the right reasons, they truly love animals & love what they do! So, I urge every single one of you reading this right now, to go there, get a free exam, try it out, meet the staff, see the place & you'll never want to go anywhere else, ever again!!! Make sure you tell them that Charlese with Ginger the (GSD/Lab Mix) & Zuco (The White German Shepherd) referred you to them! I was so happy with their service that I promised them I would write an honest review about them online & tell EVERYONE. I think all my family/friends need to know about this incredible place! They really do go above & beyond & deserve to get their name out there, as they're fairly new at this location in Weston, FL! And please know this: I don't get any discounts or anything free for saying any of this nor do I know any of them personally so you can trust that my review/recommendation is 100% REAL! Thanks for reading & good luck with your pets!!!! I hope you take my advice & go try them out! You won't be sorry & YES! You can totally Thank me later, LOL! AND I WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICALLY THANK EVERYONE AT Weston Lakes Animal Hospital FOR SUPERIOR, OUTSTANDING, 5 STAR SERVICE WITH THIS AWESOME REVIEW THAT I'LL BE POSTING ALL OVER, B/C I AM JUST SO ASTONISHED & IMPRESSED WITH YOUR BUSINESS!
Southport is my new Veterian center for my pet needs. I cannot express more appreciation for the care they gave my Sheltie Five-Oh , who recently underwent emergency surgery for a condition that I was not even aware of.Shelties have thich coats and my Five-Oh is like a furry teddy bear.When I went to the vet I thought I was going because my dog was vomiting but after a close examine the vet found a punture under the fur where he had ingested a stick that was not festering into a large wound. You could not see this unless you shaved the dog.It just never occured to me that this could be his problem.They did an emergence surgery and cleaned it all out.The vet was very concerned and treated my Five-Oh better than own doctor does me sometimes. The staff was just great and so friendly I just want to say a big Thanks . The price was great and the Vet Jon Paul went above and beyond in his service treating other small problems at the same time. You are the best. G G Goda
BEST CARE YOUR ANIMAL CAN GET! Dr. Christopher Smith not only saved our dog's life, but kept us (scared owners) well informed pre & post surgery. His expert clinical skills caught a life threatening event during a routine visit. We are so very grateful to him & his staff. He is very thorough, not like typical vets that rush in & out quickly. His explanations were easy to comprehend (not full of difficult to understand medical terminology). He truly works in the best interest of the patient whether it be a dog, cat, etc! His love for animals is obvious & genuine. He called us promptly after lab results arrived & did not leave this task for a secretary. It's evident that he loves what he does. Again, we can not give enough accolades to this animal clinic that saved our pug, Milo.
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.