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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.
Excellent pet care and wonderful doctors! My 9 year old Akita had been fairly healthy except for some allergy issues that have been a problem every year around fall. I've taken her to two other vet clinics with her in Lexington and both of them acted afraid of my big baby! They would insist on a muzzle and would barely touch her for her exam. As a result they missed some underlying issues like dental disease, a possible mass underneath her armpit, and just never got a thorough exam! Not only that but they were risking her health by giving a long acting steroid injection AND steroids for home. Dr Winke took his time giving her a very thorough exam, going through history, explaining every bit of the exam and procedures. He also figured out a bit of what we thought was old age urinary incontinence was actually a urinary tract infection needing antibiotics. Being that she's an older girl I was fairly nervous about placing her under anesthesia for a dental cleaning but Dr Winke did bloodwork and explained how they use every bit of anesthesia monitoring, IV fluids, and the works just like human doctors! He went over her bloodwork and after getting her teeth sparkling clean he continued to check on us until the urinary problems were resolved. They also explained about their wonderful Wellness Plans and gave us a free ID tag for her! Overall I am extremely pleased and will continue to bring EVERY pet to Animal Care Clinic from now on as well as recommend all my friends do the same!
Awesome practice! The facility is top notch and the best that I have seen in Lexington. It looks like they have all the bells n' whistles and state-of-the art equipment. This shouldn't be too surprising, though, considering that the clinic is located in the nicest part of Lexington (Palomar/Beaumont). I took my cat to get fixed and vaccines at ACC. I was so impressed with the service that Dr. Dunn provided for my cat, that a few months later I had her perform surgery on him to take care of something that could have posed a problem down the road. My cat is now in tip-top shape. I was so impressed with the service I received that I would not contemplate going anywhere else. Other reviewers have mentioned that there might be cheaper vets in Lexington. Assuming this is true, lets be honest here: lots of Lexington is down right ghetto. I feel safe sending my wife or myself to ACC because it is in such a nice part of town. The quality of the facility, great staff, PLUS being in the safest part of town made this practice well worth every dollar I spent on my cat.
After reading GeorgeHH's review, I feel compelled to write! I totally disagree with his assessment. Dr. H most certainly loves animals; it's very obvious after talking with her for even 5 mins. Cost has never been an issue with her, in fact, I've known her to say that they would do what's best for the animal during surgery (e.g. fluids etc) at no charge if the owner couldn't pay for that extra benefit. I know she helps ferrel cats...feeding them, rescuing them & finding homes. We took a stray dog to her for a look-over & she phoned a few weeks later to see how he was & whether we'd found him a home (we had) as she knew of someone who would take him in. Her office hours are VERY flexible, and she often answers the phone herself if you've phoned after hours. My only complaint would be that she talks a little fast and a little low, so you have to listen carefully. I'm passionate about animals, in general, & mine in particular, I think she's terrific.
Dr. H. is one of the most caring and generous people that I have ever had the pleasure to know! I have been bringing my beloved companions to her for over ten years and the focus has ALWAYS been on the health and care of the animal, NEVER on the money! She consistently goes above and beyond, even giving free advice over the phone so an animal does not have to be brought into the office. Her skill, knowledge, and care have saved the life of more than one of my pets. I have moved to Shelbyville but I wouldn't go to any other vet and make the hour and 20 minute drive whenever any of my animals are sick. Dr. H's prices are some of the most reasonable in Lexington and she frequently doesn't charge for things like fluids during surgery and she discounts other items, all for the welfare of the animal. She is an amazing vet! GeorgeHH., I don't know what your motivation was, but you totally missed the mark!
We had a terrific life with our pet Whitey. He has been a patient of the Animal Care Clinic since he was a puppy. After many years, Whitey just got old and the inevitable happened as we lost our pet. The Drs and staff were so compassionate and helpful to him and our family. We were so touched by the heart-warming card with Whitey's Hair and paw print, plus the wonderful Chicken Soup book and the occasional &amp;quot;check-in&amp;quot;. Dr. Butch is not just our vet, but a life long friend. As we decide if we will have another pet, we will return to Animal Care Clinic to manage his care. There is no greater feeling to know that your pet is always well-cared for. For all the years with Whitey, I firmly believe that his quality and quantity of life was greatly improved because of the Animal Care Clinic's excellent service and care. Thanks for all that you do!
Dr. Hebert is an amazing vet! She is kind, generous, professional, compassionate and LOVES animals! I truly believe that she is "God's vet" because she has an amazing innate sense about what is wrong with an animal and how to go about treating/saving them. She has been treating my babies for about 15 years and has always provided the best care possible. She even helped a dog with cancer that other vets had given up on. She is in the office ALL the time, even working weekends and her phone goes to her cell phone after hours. She has often told me what I needed to do over the phone so I didn't have to bring an animal in to the office. She feeds a plethora of stray cats, has rescued dozens of dogs, horses, etc. and selflessly gives of herself to her patients and their human companions. There is no one better!
I think this place is great!! I called and got an appointment the same DAY for my sweet sassy. She hurt her leg playing with my dad. They told me the phone, they did not have x-rays. I told them I could not afford an expensive clinic. So they said would have Vet look at her, tell if she needed x-rays and get her something to help with the pain. The vet was great, so kind and sweet. She took great care with Sassy's little leg. She did need x-rays after all:( So they sent to a clinic in Danville for the x-rays. THEY DID NOT EVEN CHARGE ME ANOTHER EXAM FEE and gave me a discount :) because I was an Afford-a- vet client. It ended of being a minor fracture with a little rest, splint, and pain medication. She was back to normal. They really helped me out and Sassy loved them. THIS PLACES ROCKS!!
I cannot sing their praises enough! I have brought my two bull mastiffs there for over a year now. They are very affordable, but that isn't even the best part. I am a crazy dog owner, who truly believes that my dogs are my children. The staff was always more than accommodating, sweet, caring, and helpful to me and my sweet puppies. We recently had to put one of our dogs down and they made an absolutely terrible experience bearable. I know they care about my dogs and have always given them the best care. I would recommend them to everyone and will always take my pups there!
I took my cat to Lansdowne Vet for the first time this week. I have never felt so welcomed and taken care of at any of my previous clinics. The nurses told me everything my cat needed and it is the first time I have ever been told that we needed to run bloodwork. I wish I had known this before and would have had a baseline to refer back to. Thanks to everyone at Lansdowne that made our visit such a pleasant experience.
We've had our two dogs seen here regularly. We recently had our dog put down there. It was clearly awful, but I was shocked by how compassionate the doctor and staff were. They made a miserable process as good as it could have been. I will always feel grateful for how they treated me and my good old dog.
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.