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This is to the crud opinion written below. I have been a client for 12 years. I have lost pets since I have been with her and can say she does everything that is possible for these loving pet of ours. She is an amazing vet and spend endless amounts of time at the office or weekends, days off etc. What u fail to realize is that she does not live there. She does live across the way but that does not mean she is not entitled to sleep in her own bed. Do u live at your job? I watched my vet sit on the floor with my dying dog after a year of treatment due to cancer and cry over her and apologize that it didn't work. This women has taken in dogs that have been infested with maggots due to neglect, or embedded collars etc and board them till she can find loving homes for them. She lives and breaths for the animals she cares for and I DARE YOU trash her name. I feel your pain for the loss, but she is not a miracle worker and from how it sounds Im sure it took more than a day for your beloved pet to get "e extremely ill "e so maybe if u took him in sooner this tragic end could have been different and more could have been done. Its easy to blame someone other then yourself isn't it. So this post is to all current clients and future clients... Dr. Miller is the most caring vet I have ever known. Before moving back I drove 2 hrs for her service. She deeply cares for our fur-babies and it is so disheartening to hear such cruel slandering of her name. So to you unsatisfied customer you should feel terrible for these untrue hateful comments. And heres to you Dana for many more years of service, don't let this crude person who obviously has know idea who you are as a human being or a vet matter. I will and always will be a loyal client and supporter!
This comment is in reply to the prior comment by Ms. Mango. First let me say you have my sympathies for the loss of your dog. As a fellow pet owner, I know that letting our faithful friends go is never easy. That being said, I would be remiss to let your account of Dr. Miller's behavior pass as truth to people who don't know her. You yourself state that your dog was extremely ill, a fact which I am sure was not lost on Dr. Miller and was most likely made clear to you when you brought him in and discussed treatment options. Due to her unbridled compassion for animals, Dr. Miller often attempts to treat long shot cases in the hopes that she can help them. I have personally watched her patch together animals that I thought had no chance of making it, including several of my own pets. As to your dog not being seen throughout the night, I am positive this was not the case. Dr. Miller never sleeps a full night. In fact, she rarely sleeps more than a few consecutive hours, a trait which I am sure bodes poorly for her health but allows for a level of care and attention for the animals at her clinic that would be difficult to find outside of a dedicated intensive care hospital. I know this because I have experienced a day in the life of Dr. Miller first-hand: I am her son. Dr. Miller is an extremely capable and competent veterinarian and a very compassionate person, which is why if you were to walk into her clinic with another "extremely ill" animal in the middle of the night she would still consent to treating it even after your hurtful words. Again, I am sorry for the loss of your four-legged friend. For my own selfish reasons, I certainly hope you do seek veterinary care elsewhere. -Kyle Miller
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.