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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
2936 Battleground AveGreensboro, NC 27408
From Business: At Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic, we believe your pet deserves the very best. Since opening our state-of-the-art emergency medical facility, we have made …
2449 Battleground AveGreensboro, NC 27408
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From Business: The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Summerfield, NC. The professional and courteous staff at The Animal Hos…
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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I have been with Dr. Rodger Kleisch @ Forest Oaks Vet for 20 + years. He has not only provided the very best medical care for all my Babies over the years, but I feel like Dr. K. and his staff have become my friends. He doesn't order unnecessary test or procedures to inflate my bill. He even gives a discount if you have more than one pet. But most importantly of all to me; when the time comes that the "hard decision" has to be made, he doesn't drag out treatment unnecessarily. He tells me in the gentlest way possible what we have to do. And he reminds me that this too is an act of love....quite possibly the ultimate act of love. He knows how painful this decision is and he shares that pain with me. He and his staff are some of the kindest, most compassionate folks I know. Even the other Docs he has that cover for him on his days off are extraordinary. I MUST specifically mention Dr. Randy Lynn. Dr. Lynn worked tirelessly with my Irish Setter; Shayne O'Malley for 19 long months waging a war against the diabetes that ravaged his beautiful body. We won many battles but ultimately lost the war. He never left our side and was always available via his personal cell phone no matter the time of day or night if we needed him. He truly went above and beyond in his efforts to save my Son. However, Dr. Kleisch and Ellen Brown, our Angel, - cleverly disguised as a Vet Tech helped me release Shayne from my arms into the arms of the angels. Without those two by my side I don't think I could have made it through that horrendous day. I could type for days and never come close to saying how wonderful this practice is. I HIGHLY recommend Forest Oaks Animal Clinic to everyone. Better care cannot be found.... Angie Morphis Greensboro, N.C.
This place is amazing! They are so friendly and nice to my family and my pets...Dr.Clark is a amazing doctor...I would recommend him to anybody...Dr.Joe is a great doctor to...They are a little pricey but so is every animal hospitial....The take care of all my animals needs...When you go out of town and need somewhere to leave your animal leave it here they even spend quality time with the animals while your gone they let them out and feed them! They take care of any animal that you can name....rabbits ,dogs, cats, hamsters, anything! I would love to have another one of these maybe in archdale where I live...Even though Southwoods is in Greensboro and I live in archdale I go all the way to Greensboro just because that's how good they are! you should definitely go there!
I went to the Animal Emergency and Trauma Center with my dog Sashi. She got out of the yard and was hit by a car. Dr. Clark and the staff at the Animal Emergency and Trauma Center immediately took care of Sashi and let me know that her health was their priority. I felt very comfortable with the care and could tell that they really knew what they were doing. Sashi needed advanced surgery to repair her wounds and was able to stay there and get her care. She was transferred to a surgery specialist right in their facility. It was great that I did not have to move her anywhere else to get the specialized surgery that she needed to get better. No where else has that capability. I would recommend this facility to everyone who needs help for the furry members of their family!
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.