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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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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
Dr. Beth Williams and all of her staff go above and beyond in the care they provide my pup and the pet owners! Our puppy Rudy loves coming there as did my Killian. The animals themselves should know who the best caregivers and caretakers are when I see my furry kids get excited to go see Dr. Williams! Dr. Williams always takes time with her patients and clients when they come to her clinic for care. She explains everything in detail, and she makes sure she's answered all questions without giving the slightest sign of annoyance at my questions regardless of her very busy schedule! I first met Dr. Williams when my husband and I moved to Houston area for his work. My dog of 10 years had pancreatitis. She spent hours evaluating his diet to ensure he was getting food that not only helped his pancreas but to also ensure his caloric intake was adequate for his health too. Sadly, after living with a serious pancreatic issue, he developed pulmonary hypertension and eventually his heart was affected. As painful as it was for me to even consider losing my buddy, Dr. Williams spent two or three office visits just counseling and consoling both my husband and I that we had done everything and Killian wanted for nothing medically as we'd done everything medically possible to keep him comfortable during his final years. She stood by us, with us, and grieved with us as we put sweet Killian to rest. There is no other person on this planet that I could have trusted more in those moments as we asked her to do what we thought was best for my wonderful little buddy/friend. She and her staff went above and beyond to ensure a safe and compassionate environment as she helped my Killian to gently and quietly go to sleep. She never appeared to rush us to leave afterward. She helped me during my grieving process afterward as well! I couldn't have asked for a better person or environment to be in at that time! When we notified her recently that we'd decided to get a new puppy, she came in on Sat morning (her day off) to evaluate the pup herself knowing that the new pup came with a 72 hour limit for a vet check to "seal the deal" on our new puppy. She is truly an amazing veterinarian and person who truly LOVES what she does for a living! I drive slightly over an hour to bring my furry kids to her in Huntsville because SHE is worth the drive! (and the staff too!)
I have been using Dr. Beth Williams at 11th Street Veterinary Hospital for many years now. I recently had to make the tough decision to put one of my dogs down. It was a hard decision, but Dr. Williams and I talked it out and we both knew it was for the best. Dr. Williams handled the whole situation with a huge caring heart. She cares so much for the animals and does not want anyone of her patients suffering. Dr. Williams and her team were in the room with my daughter and me when we put our dog down. It was on overwhelming experience and each clinic employee comforted my daughter and me and one even cried along with us. Dr. Williams explained everything she was doing and the process. They all were so amazing during this traumatic experience. On another occasion, Dr. Williams saved my Boston Terrier’s life. (More than once) She researched and worked so hard find out what was wrong with my little Boston. Dr. Williams explained the illness/disease and in its rare form, she saved my dogs life. This was over three years ago. She still treats my Boston for this disease and is so caring and loving. I can be so worried about my dog’s life and after Dr. Williams’s treatment, my dog is new again. She is amazing. I highly recommend Dr. Williams and her clinic to anyone. She is worth traveling to see if you are not in the area. Dr. Williams will always be my animals vet.
This vet is the best in town. Dr. Moore cares a lot about every animal. He's up front about what to do about a situation. My dog has had a problem for quite some time and he knows I can't afford pricey procedures. Because of this he takes me through step by step from the cheapest up. He doesn't try to gouge you for the most amount of $$ as possible like most vets. Their spay and neuter prices are kind of high but well worth it knowing they're in the best care. If you love your animals like I do...you'll take them here!!!
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.