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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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Dr. Broome saved my very beloved dog’s life! My dog was bit by a brown recluse spider and then developed a MRSA infection. This hind leg wound was a tremendous undertaking, that took the very acute Veterinary skills of Dr. Broome multiple times a week and then months to heal. The wound was so deep we nearly saw hip bone and Dr. Broome plugged on through with care and never lost faith. At times, she and her staff became my support when I felt overwhelmed. I found Dr. Broome’s treatment smart and practical. I am a therapist so I am always scrutinizing medical care. I have never even had to entertain a concerned thought as to the decisions Dr. Broome has made on my pets care. She does not up-sell for expensive medication and products. She is very easy to talk to and ensures you understand the treatment plan for your four-legged babies. She keeps late hours on Tuesday, which is very helpful for those that work. Her staff is phenomenal and Sherry at the front desk is a magician…I truly don’t know how she keeps it all straight. I have been to many Vets and can tell the difference between Veterinarians that truly care and those that focus on getting your pet in and out as expensively as possible. I can tell you without doubt that Dr. Broome and her staff are the most compassionate group of individuals I have ever met since being a pet owner! I will ONLY use Dr. Broome! All of my local family ONLY uses Dr. Broome! Everyone I have recommended Dr. Broome to, now ONLY uses Dr. Broome. Coast Veterinary Hospital is the easiest recommendation I could make to any pet owner on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Dr. Geotes and his staff are incredible! They actually care about the animals that come into this clinic. My dog Maxwell went paralyzed on SATURDAY NIGHT and a friend called him for me and Dr. G said bring him over so I can look at him. Dr. G drove to his clinic(on a SATURDAY NIGHT) and gave Max some meds and said to bring him in on Monday. They took Max in and kept him over night for tests. I went there yesterday to visit him and his staff put a blanket on the floor for ME and MAX and told me how sweet he was. I received a phone call from Dr G himself this morning telling me that Max can come home tomorrow!!!!! He also told me that Max was able to eat and drink on his own today as opposed to yesterday when HE PHYSICALLY HAND FED HIM!!! That is my child and my vet just HAND FED HIM:) This happened a couple months ago with Max and I took him to the "other vet" that I was using and 3 days in a row I took him to "that vet" and told me to just give him pain pills that "NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH HIM"! I just want EVERYONE to know what a GREAT VET that Dr Geotes is, including his awesome staff that cares just as much as he does about our babies!!!
Dr. Broome and all her staff are excellent animal care-givers, as well as people care-givers. Dr. Broome helped my dog, Paulie, through a serious paralysis of the hind quarters. Thanks to her dedication and free-of-charge laser treatments, Paulie is now walking and doing very well. Dr. Broome also helped me through a very difficult decision when we found out that my other dog, Petey, had a massive stomach tumor that was undetectable through x-rays. Dr. Broome counseled me through the process and possibilities. My Sweet Pete, sadly, passed away, but Dr. Broome's team helped me tremendously through the whole process. I will never use any other veterinary clinic (unless an after-hours emergency occurs). Dr. Broome consistently makes herself available via text and phone, personally to assuage my fears and doggy-anxieties.
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.