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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
7202 S Anthony BlvdFort Wayne, IN 46816
From Business: Anthony Animal Clinic - William C Kerley DVM is locally owned and operated, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We understand that your pet is an extension of your fami…
5818 Maplecrest RdFort Wayne, IN 46835
They are slow. Didn't know what breed my dog was. The price is outrageous. I won't go back. Have now clue what is going on.
1760 Apple Glen BlvdFort Wayne, IN 46804
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…
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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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We have been clients of Dr. Sunil Gupta (Aboite Animal Clinic and House Call Practice) for over 20 years. Dr. Gupta is a fabulous veterinarian that always puts the needs of his clients first. Several years ago our first Rottweiler, Zachary contracted a bowel obstruction while I was on a business trip to California. My flight did not arrive back in Fort Wayne until after 8:00pm and upon returning home I called Dr. Gupta and advised of Zach’s deteriorating condition. Dr. Gupta met us at his clinic, which was then on Taylor Street at approximately 9:00 p.m. Dr. Gupta started surgery with our assistance and was finally able to free the bowel and close the incision at 1:00 a.m. (17 hours after his day began.) A high percentage of animals that suffer bowel obstructions do not make it through the surgery. However, with Dr. Gupta’s skills Zach made it through. Zachary so loved ‘his Dr. Gutpa’ that upon his passing he dedicated a photo and plaque in his honor to Dr. Gupta’s new building. Dr. Gupta listens to us regarding our animals, and then completes a thorough examination before he renders his opinion. Any time, day or night, weekend or holiday Dr. Gupta avails himself for the care of our babies. Because, as he says “who knows the animal better than their owners. “ Dr. Gutpa is an extremely well educated and informed veterinarian. At times when one of our animals has contracted something that Dr. Gupta had not had a lot of experience in, he has gladly referred us to a specialist and continued to follow their care. Not only did this ease our minds that someone familiar was with our pets (because he did go with them to the specialist and assisted in the surgery), but it also gave Dr. Gupta an opportunity to further his medical knowledge to help other clients. We, here in North Eastern Indiana are blessed to have such a skilled and compassionate veterinarian for our furry, four legged friends.
Everyone at this Veterinary Clinic are great people. I took my Corgi there last week for a Urinary Tract Infection my poor dog couldn't hold herself and had many accidents all through the lobby and exam room. The staff wouldnt let me help clean up the mess my poor dog made. When they screened her urine they found out that she was a diabetic. It ended up being a blessing in disguise that we found it before any signs were showing. My dog now needs injections twice a day which they took the time to show me and everyone in my household how to administer the shots and be sure that she stays healthy. The people here are great they are never afraid to give you a call and tell you that something is due or if you have a question they will stay on the phone for 15 minutes and answer every question you have for them. This vet is truly the best one in the Fort Wayne area and I will never take my pets anywhere else! Thank you Dr. Jill and Staff for your continued help.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Gupta approximately 13 years ago when I called him late one Sunday night because my cat, Tabby, was sick. He wasn't even my vet at the time and yet met me at his office. The result was Tabby had become diabetic and she is still with us today. When my husband and I met we had the "blended" family as he had 3 animals and I had 2. We have trusted Dr. Gupta with every one of our animals. When our dog Smokey got diagnosed with kidney failure he went above and beyond to save him. Unfortunately his kidneys didn't want to cooperate. Dr. Gupta and his staff were more than compassionate. Since then we have had a few minor issues and Dr. Gupta has come through for us every single time. A big thank you to Dr. Gupta and his wonderful staff for everything you do. Karyn Chestnut
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.