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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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I moved to Tallahassee two years ago and was very concerned to find an excellent vet. Luckily for me and my three Great Danes, we found Oakwood Animal Hospital. Unfortunately, my first experience with them was an emergency visit as my Dane was very ill. Dr. Wanous not only saved my dog's life (now 10) but treated him (despite having never met us before) like he was family. I got personal phone calls checking in on Alexander and keeping track of him in his recovery. Since then, I have spent *a lot* of time at Oakwood for non-emergency stuff. They treat every one of my kids as their own. The staff actually kisses my Danes on the head as they walk in and I have seen them show that kind of love with every other client's dogs. What struck me one day when I was in the back with on of my dogs was that Dr. Wanous leaned down and kissed another client's dog on the head as it was brought to the back. The clients weren't around. It was not a 'performance'. Oakwood genuinely loves their clients, and that is something that is very hard to find anywhere. Finally, I am grateful to Oakwood because Great Danes are a very complicated breed. The vets at Oakwood are VERY smart, but not arrogant. And the mistakes I have had happen or seen at other facilities because of arrogance never happened at Oakwood. If they don't know something, they find out. They research and learn. They are always up for new challenges and always rise to the occasion. I would recommend Oakwood with highest regard and without reservation.
Several months ago my husband and I found a little mother dog and her two puppies that had been abandoned out in the country. They were hiding in a culvert and were scared of humans. We were finally able to catch them and get them in to Northampton to get them checked out. They needed cleaning up and shots and spaying and neutering and heart worm treatment for the mom. The doctors and staff took excellent care of them and checked on them after surgery and answered our questions and concerns like they were their own pets. Recently we had to go out of town and boarded them at Northampton for the first time. They came home healthy and happy, and we feel confident leaving them there if we need to board them again. All in all, the doctors and staff are fantastic, and I would highly recommend Northampton Animal Clinic if you are looking for excellent pet care.
I was devastated when I found out my German Shorthaired Pointer tore her CCL in her knee. She is show champion and has huge potential in the field. She is also a beloved pet and an important part of our family. Dr. Drygas examined her and took the time to explain the 3 types of procedures that could be done to restore my girl's knee and mobility. I consulted with two other orthopedic surgeons, one in AL and one in GA. Both surgeons highly recommended Dr. Drygas to do the surgery. The care, courtesy and compassion this veterinarian team has shown to me and my dog is what I would consider above and beyond. From the pre-op visits to the post-op care, calls and follow-up, the care and concern could not be more appreciated. Thank you Dr. Drygas and staff of Capital Veterinary Specialist.
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.