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From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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.
I'd like to address the previous review from Ms. S (Ms. Crosvy). As the owner and Veterinarian at Washington Pike Veterinary Hospital, I make it a point to thoroughly educate all clients as to the recommendations for pets' diet, flea, tick and heartworm protection. I don't push the most expensive products. I do talk to owners about what is available and what can best meet your pet's stage of life. We follow the AVMA's protocols for vaccinations. Unfortunately, in our location, there is a lot of mis-information running around that I try to correct. If that's "pushing" a client to spend money, I don't view it that way. Pet ownership is not an entitlement. Pets have just a few basic needs that I make certain all owners are aware of, including, for dogs - Flea, tick and heartworm protection. Fleas and ticks carry diseases that I am seeing an increasing in prevalence around the clinic. Heartworm disease can be fatal however, there is monthly prevention to make certain that all pets don't get this disease. All clients have the right to refuse a recommendation. As a matter of fact, I typically tell folks that my job is to make the recommendations, they can choose to ignore anything I say. It won't hurt my feelings. For new puppy owners, I do talk to them about about a common and deadly puppy disease called Parvo. Lots of new information has come out on this disease and I'd like my puppy owners to be made aware. This disease can live in an environment for many years. It is very important for puppies to be kept out of Parvo contaminated places. I don't think that's a scare tactic. I think that's a fact. Information helps keep puppies safe. I find it interesting Ms. Danielle - that this exact same review was placed on the Google Review listing for the clinic but with a different name (Tiara Danielle). Neither one was seen at our clinic on Sept 30. We did have a new client visit who was so clearly under the influence that we notified the police. Hope that wasn't you. I don't expect that everyone will like me, however, I would appreciate the chance to explain our clinic's policies and approaches to medicine. You hiding your true name, prevents a chance for us to sincerely apologize for your unpleasant experience. We do have office pets at our clinic. Both are rescued animals. We always ask clients if they mind these office pets company. Since Veterinary Medicine has such a high level of Compassion Fatigue, these pets help the staff and the clients during very difficult times.
Great Clinic! Dr. Sam is a communicative and sympathetic vet who offers a great service in Knoxville. He is very up to date on the latest procedures, technology, science and will gladly and openly share with you all he knows. He has helped me with my multi-pet household for well over a year now, with excellent skill in dealing with an aloof and particular chow mix with health problems and a neglected shelter shiu tzu in poor health that I recently adopted. It took a long time to bring her around to health. Both dogs are now enjoying their ripe golden years (13) thanks to Dr. Sam's patience and education. Two other pets I have also did well at My Pets Hospital: one improved tremendously at 15 after a dental cleaning and abundant teeth extractions! I thought she was in failing health but after a thorough dental, she rebounded a couple of weeks after the procedure. My other dog, a healthy, but bossy and uptight beagle mix had the best nail trim ever from Dr. Sam. I certainly give this hospital a thumbs up on their pricing, they offer rewards points, accept Pet Assure discounts, and are willing to work with other area vet specialists and will refer on with specific treatments and services. However, they do have the best prices in town for office visits, Xrays and blood diagnostic work and will gladly interpret the results. They offer online pricing for certain medications, they have a low-cost vaccination clinic at another location as well as a full service hospital and also a gifted groomer, who works with my very nervous little dog. I am very pleased with Dr. Sam and his staff, and that these outstanding services are an affordable price so a multi pet household like mine can obtain the best care for my whole pack.
I have had both of my schnauzers eyes examined by Dr. Morgan. My adopted male shnauzers eyes are just fine, had them checked because he is getting older. My adopted female schnauzer is blinded in one eye from abuse and was examined years ago at UT, no care needed then except over the counter eye drops. Those quit working - eye gets dry & irritated & lots of discharge - so Dr. Morgan was recommended by my vet. She is very kind & gentle & does a great job examining the dogs (as some of it is a bit unpleasant, but not terrible) - especially with my less than cooperative male! Dr. Morgan prescribed a prescription medicine & an over the counter ointment. The medicine can be expensive, but Dr. Morgan suggests a pharmacy out of state as this prescription has to be "concocted" & is much less costly. My dog is doing just fine & has been re-examined by Dr. Morgan to be sure. Highly recommend her for eye care.
The exam fee is only $20. this is half the price of other vets. keep up the good work Karns Animal Clinic, and thank you again for your low prices, it makes it easier to bring the animals in when they need it. there are often times that i woudln't bring the animals in because of having to pay $40 just to walk in the door to other vets, and so i would wrestle with "do i see if it goes away on its own, do i take them to the vet?": because there are most of the time, where the animal really does get better on its own, and wasting $40 every time can be expensive with 7 animals.... now, it wont be such a wrestling match, if i want to take them in, $20 isn't bad for a doctor to look and see if they are alright. this means a lot to me, thank you again.
We love this place! We have been taking our two mixed breed dogs here since they were puppies (over 3 years) and have never had a problem. The staff are friendly and remember our dogs by name. They always pet them and give them treats. We have boarded them here as well with no problems. The vets do change so if you want only one vet to treat your animal, you might have to request that. We love meeting all the vets at the clinic though, and I feel this gives our dogs great overall care. They are quick to get you an appointment when you call and to give you any lab results you are waiting on. We have an anxious dog and they go above and beyond to make sure she doesn't become more scared or nervous. I would recommend this place to anyone!
My dog was referred here for major abdominal surgery (spleenectomy) which at his advanced age, I was very apprehensive. I was also depressed thinking I would not be able to afford it. My dog Rudy had a very successful surgery under the care of the high tech team. The facilities are truly state of the art and more advanced than many people hospitals! The procedures and equipment are first class. They have many payment options including the Payment Banc which I wish more vets would offer as it allowed me to afford the major surgery. I am so happy to say Rudy's operation was highly successful and his recovery phenomenal. Both of us thank Blackford Vet for adding more years to our time together!
I have nothing but positive things to say about Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic. Dr. Wolf was a delight through a scary situation with my dog, she really out my mind at ease and told me step by step to get my dog to recover in a timely manner. Sometimes when you get lots of medication to adminster to your fur baby it can be overwhelming, however, she was top notch in explaining all my questions. It was on the expensive side but every dime well spent. You have a returning costumer in me and I will gladly tell my friends about how courteous Dr. Wolf and her staff was.
I have taken two of my dogs to this clinic when they were extremely ill and had to be put to sleep. They were extremely kind to us. Very kind to my dogs. Also I took my late cat to them when she became extremely ill with kidney disease. Again, they were very kind to us and gentle to my beloved kitty. I highly recommend them The only drawback is that they are very expensive, but you do not have much choice if your vet does not have emergency hours and this is the only clinic open on weekends and holidays.
Great experience with my dog! Prices are also extremely fair. All the staff and the vet were thorough and took the time to listen to my questions/concerns and provide a detailed treatment plan with explanations. Very clean and organized. In and out in a jiffy! My dog is treated kindly and does not stress and cower like at another vet's office in town. She wags her tail and is very compliant. This place is a jewel in Knoxville for my little furry one. Super-friendly as well! Highly recommend!
Special Thanks to Dr Bridges and all the staff. After calling my veterinarian and 2 other friend recommends Washington Pike. My dog was sick, Called my veterinarian at 11:30 they close at 1:00 today they said they're booked up I explained what was wrong she informed me they couldn't see him.11:45 called Washington pike veterinarian explain what was wrong they agreed to see him although they closed at 12:00. Everyone was very nice and excellent with my dog, very caring. THANK YOU AGAIN
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.