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1216 Matthews Mint Hill RdMatthews, NC 28105
From Business: Animal Care Hospital of Matthews is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that offers the highest quality of personalized care for your pets. The doctors and staff…
9911 Rea RdCharlotte, NC 28277
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physical…
401 S Sharon Amity RdCharlotte, NC 28211
From Business: Cotswold Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary facility located in the heart of the Cotswold community in Charlotte, North Carolina. We strive to offer the b…
3716 Wilkinson BlvdCharlotte, NC 28208
Dr. Rubin has been our family's vet for many years. He has been there through some tough illnesses and still remembers all of the names of the pets …
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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I don't usually write reviews, but do rely on them when researching products and services so I hope mine helps shed some light on the EXCELLENT service we recieved from Dr. Brader and the staff at Matthews Animal Clinic. Nobody knows their animals better than the owners. So, when it comes to medical needs, we are certainly no experts, but we do pay attention to their manorism and behavior. It is an unspoken language between owner and animal that is understood. At Matthews Animal Clinic, Dr. Brader took the time to understand that language and listened to our concerned observations before he offered his thoughts. How often do visits start with a medical analysis and hypotheticals from yoru Dr. before anything is asked from what you see? And, how often do you feel like you are being upsold when settling your bill or made to feel like a poor parent when not purchasing additionals? There was none of that at Matthews Animal Clinic. Dr. Brader walked us through his proceedures from start to finish and communicated with words that left us fully educated and very comfortable. His professionalism assured us that our pet was in very experienced capable hands and more importantly, that he will be cared for and treated with the attention we would give ourselves. If you want to find a place that listens to your cares and concerns and truly puts your pet first, Dr. Brader and Matthews Animal Clinic isn't hard to find. Understand that when I used the words "animals" and "pets", they are meant to be replaced with "family member".
In Response to user DustyH Mr Dusty Heist has contacted our clinic several times over an issue concerning his previous veterinarian. While trying to board his animals out of town the facility required proof of a vaccination. Mr Dusty Heist called us to have us verify the shot was given. We did not give this shot to his pet, nor did we have proof that it was given from a previous vet. We suggested he should receive this vaccine for his animals safety. Mr Dusty Heist had to get the shot at the facility in order to board there. Mr Dusty Heist is upset with us for not having a complete copy of records from his previous veterinarian. Mr Heist demanded that we reimburse him for the shot that was given and demanded we give him free services in the future or else he said he would find a new veterinarian and write a poor internet review. Mr Dusty Heist has demanded free services from us in the past. I told him that is not how we conduct business and that he should find a new veterinarian. I hope he finds some one who can better deal with his personality, although his pets were very nice. Side note, City Search would not allow for a review without stars, so...... i gave us 5
Our dog, Gus, is a rescue who doesn't trust many people. He has a phobia of being in a cage and absolutely freaks out if he is ever in one. So when he had to have surgery on his knee we were crushed and so scared to leave our little man at the vet's office. But all of the staff at Weddington Animal Hospital were so wonderful with him. It truly shows how much they all care about animals and they are some of the few people that I trust with Gus. The day of his surgery they made sure that all of the staff knew that Gus was not to be put in a cage for recovery and they kept him in a safe spot under the receptionist desk. He recovered so quickly and we were really pleased with the work Dr. Berger did. I would recommend this animal hospital to anyone. They are so great.
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.