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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.
We have been clients of Town & Country Animal Hospital for the past 24 years. Dr. Mordaunt is the most compassionate and thorough veterinarian with whom we have had experience. He and his staff are truly dedicated to the health of animals and it is very apparent that they have a genuine love for animals. The hospital offers the most services that I have ever seen in a veterinarian's office. In addition to a full lab, they have a state-of-the-art surgical suite, a dentist extraordinaire and an excellent groomer who actually listens to the client’s requests rather than doing what HE wants to do. They will do everything possible to save an animal. For example, I am on high doses of Coumadin (a blood-thinner which is the same chemical used in rat poison). One day, I had taken my morning dose of several different medications and one of the Coumadin tablets must have dropped on the floor unnoticed. One of our dogs had Huntington’s Syndrome (where the animal has such a voracious appetite that they will eat anything in sight) and she, unfortunately ate the tablet. I had no idea until the following morning when she showed signs of overdose. They worked day and night to save our dog. There is a vet tech who stays overnight in a dormitory above the hospital. The tech comes down throughout the night to check on the hospitalized pets. Dr. Mordaunt actually called us in the middle of the night to get permission for a transfusion as it was a life-saving procedure. Over the years, we have either had our dogs die of old age and cancer. The staff was so compassionate and understanding each time by sending cards and a paw print in plaster as a remembrance of our beloved pets. We trust Town & Country Animal Hospital completely with our 4-legged family members and know that they are receiving the best of care possible.
Town and Country Animal Hospital has been serving my own dogs, plus all of my rescues, for several years now. They are not only considered one of the best animal hospitals in South Florida for professional and medical reasons, but their "country doctor" approach to both me and my dogs is absolutely heartwarming. The doctors and the staff are endlessly patient and handle the dogs with such a loving, gentle touch. Equally important, they are very sensitive to the owners' concerns and questions, and never generate an anxious or rushed feeling when you're in the examination room. You KNOW you have the undivided attention of your doctor and the vet tech for as long as you need it. It's clear that they are not just in the BUSINESS of carring for animals; this team really loves what they do and the animals in their care. Luckily, my own dogs have never suffered any traumatic medical issues, but my rescue scenarios have ranged from hernia surgeries to the removal of bullets, and everything in between. The care and medical attention given these poor dogs is unmatched, not to mention the treats and playful attention. With a rescue, you never know what medical or temperament issue you're dealing with....but they handle my rescues with confidence and tenderness. Bottom line: they're superior in medical application and customer service, their establishment is always immaculate and their sincere love for animals shines through. If there was an option for a 100-star rating, that would be my choice for MY vet, Town and Country Animal Hospital.
This is a place I would highly recommend. I have recently moved to this area and have no vet. i needed to take my 15 year old border collie in to be laid down, an extremely difficult thing to do. I made and cancelled several appointments before I finally knew i couldn't put it off. When I brought him in, we were treated with so much respect, the went at our speed, and the we we wanted. I didn't want to put my Scooby up on one of those tables, that would scare him further. The assistant layed out a blanket on the floor, the whole process was sweet and beautiful. Scooby looked so peaceful, he went in my arms. I am so grateful for Aventura Animal Hospital. The process was so difficult, but they did their best to make it smooth and as peaceful as possible. The most awesome thing they did: several days later, I was at the height of my grieving, I got a card in the mail. One side was all the clinic signing and on the other, beautiful , a saying by Eleanor Roosevelt: "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart" and below that, my Scooby's footprint, that they must have taken after I left. AND IT WAS SIGNED, SCOOBY. All this from a clinic that I had never been to before? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!!! IF I get another pet, they have me as a loyal customer!
I have been taking my pets to Dr. Mordaunt at Town & Country Animal Hospital for 11 years and I have nothing but great things to say about him, his hospital, and his staff. He has helped me through some very difficult problems with my cats and I trust him wholeheartedly. He is extremely thorough in his examination and analysis of the situation and in his research of treatment alternatives. He is compassionate, practical, and resourceful. It is obvious that he cares about his clients and has the best interest of the animals at heart. I would never trust the care of my cats and dog to anyone other than Dr. Mordaunt. Five years ago we moved to Pinecrest and I now have a much longer drive to get to his hospital. I have 6 cats and 1 dog which means I am at the vets on a regular basis; however, I will gladly make that drive every time. I wish Dr. Mordaunt was located closer to me and I am sure there are good vets that are in my area, but I am confident that none are as exceptional as Dr. Mordaunt. He has always been there for me when I have needed him and I know that I can count on him and his staff to go above and beyond every time. Dr. Mordaunt has become like family to me and I would highly recommend his hospital to everyone with a pet. They are truly the best!
The first time I walked into the pet care clinic I was welcomed with a hello and smile form the receptionist. The lobby was clean and it didn't smell like an animal clinic. I let them know that my pet enzo was not eating and having on and off diarrhea. The receptionist got all of my information and I waited only 5 min for everything to be prepared. I then was escorted to the rooms by the technician who introduced herself. She was very kind to enzo and he liked the attention. When the doctor came in, he introduced himself and asked what had been going on. He let me know what he recommended and gave me an estimate. I agreed to do everything for him and let them know that I was strapped for cash. They said it was no problem and that they could break it up into two payments, That was great, I didn't think that they would let me do that. They proceeded with the exams and everything came back fine. I was given medication to give him and a special diet. They gave me a follow up in one week and called the next day to see how he was doing, that was very nice. Everyone was great they were quick and helpful to my pet. They showed that they cared about his health and also helped me since I couldn't pay it all at one time. I would definitely come back to the pet care clinic.
Both of my dogs are LOYAL to Country Club. (Sprinkles 5 years and Chuwee 3 years). They provide great service, you and your pets are acknowledge IMMEDIATELY when entering their facility. The staff is wonderful, friendly, kind and always ready to answer any questions you may have. We have used their overnight facility and we know that they are well taken care of. I live few blocks from the clinic and there is always staff taking dogs out for their walks (ALL THE TIME). It's clean and a place where I feel safe and confident to leave my dogs when ever we have needed to do so. We have used their after hours Emergency Service twice (thankfully) and immediately you are getting a call back from the Doctor Oncall and he is just ready to help and give suggestions and point you to the right direction. The staff including Doctors have always been corteous, professional, understanding, and I feel the main reason we keep coming back and are so loyal is becuase our dogs are not treated as just another # or $ that walked in through the door, they are treated with TLC. and we appreciate it very much. Great Job. And on behalf of Sprinkles, Chuwee and ourselves THANK YOU :) Gonzalez.
Best Vet EVER!!!! We have three dogs, 2 females and one male. Vet visits are commons specially when you have small breeds of different ages. Honestly there is no one thing I could ever complain about this hospital. The staff is amazing, their attention top quality and their prices are fair. We were in shock when we were told that the stayed for a small kennel was $18/night while we had actually spent $250 for a plane ticket to take our dog with us on a trip thinking boarding would be too expensive. Dr. Mordaunt is great, he takes his time explaining the issue and answers any concern; and I really mean ANY.... They even follow up the next day to see how our dog was doing and last but no least. Our dog LOVED THE VET... I mean like literally not even shaking... she just let him go back and for like nothing. And in 5 years she had never even let a vet touch her without barking and whining usually we have to hold her and force her to stay still but in here she was happy and given. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE. You will not be disappointed. Definitively changing Vets forever, my baby is doing great and her diet is working to the perfection.
Last year, due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to board my two cats and my dog for three months while I looked for a new place to live. I was amazed and very impressed by the unbelievable care my pets received. My pets had never been boarded and certainly not for as long as I had to leave them but they did surprisingly well. One of my cats is deaf and I was concerned about how she would handle the boarding. I later found out that she had become a favorite of many of the staff because she was so friendly and loved to give nose kisses. The only issue they had with her was her weight. She is obese but we are working on it. My dog did well with the extra tlc playtime she got from the kennel staff. I was almost afraid they wouldn't want to come home with me once I found a place for us. I visited them almost daily as I searched for an affordable place that accepted pets. I still bring my dog to get bathed there and she loves it. It's like she's getting a break from being home all the time by hanging out with the kennel staff. I know where they'll go whenever I have to board my animals again.
I took my baby there because he wasn't feeling well and started having seizures (this wasn't the 1st time he's had them). I went to the 1st place I could find, and they saw me, even with no appointment. Dr. Pou was awesome! He diagnosed immediately that my dog had distemper (when the last 2 vets I've been to never did). He was super thorough and basically saved his life. His staff walked me through every step of what to expect with him in the future, and advised me of what medications he was going to need for now and for long term. They explained everything in super detail and the prices seemed average, if not less than places like Knowles or Sabal Chase. I'm sooo happy I found him (and he's cute ladies - but married :( !! Oh!! And the office doesn't even smell like a vet office! It smells really good, and everything was really clean. Which is a HUGE plus since no one likes to sit there and have to smell animals while they wait their turn. I've definitely found Simon's new vet!
After buying Zen Edwards 6 weeks ago my main concern was finding a vet that would treat Zen with respect and show endless compassion towards him . After a horrible experience with the vet the breeder recommended me to, I began to feel skeptical and scared that it would be impossible to find a vet with true empathy and love towards animals. After hours of searching I came across Sabal Chas Animal Clinic. My experiences with Sabal Chase have been nothing short of extraordinarily amazing. Sabal Chase has given us the peace of mind knowing that Zen will always be in good hands. As Zen goes in for his first procedure today, I dropped him off without hesitation and fear; because that’s the type of place Sabal Chase is, a safe, protected and loved facility. I highly recommend Sabal Chase Animal clinic to those who are looking for an extraordinary facility for your extraordinary pet.
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.