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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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Thanks Dr.Freeman Hazel's great care I honestly can't say enough good things about Southeast Veterinary Neurology . I had to take my three year old dog to them on a Monday 2/11/13 because the Pet emergency had diagnosed her with a spine problem and told me if I didn't have surgery done the problem would get painfully worst for her. I took her to Southeast Veterinary Neurology and Dr. Freeman did an MRI on her and highly recommended surgery. We ended up having to do emergency surgery on her spinal cord because her back legs had become paralyzed. She called me at work and carefully explained everything about the procedure. After surgery, she called me to check in and explain how the surgery had went. She had to stay with them for a couple of days following surgery, but we visited and realized that her staff was just as awesome as she was. They constantly complemented how great my pet was and it was obvious to us that they treated her as part of their work family. When I was able to take her home with me, they made sure that we knew what was needed to nurse her back to her happy playful self. They also called to check in on me and my dog's progress. Whenever we visited their office It felt like the entire staff stopped what they were doing to come greet us and walk our dog out with so much care. I could tell that they genuinely loved my dog and I knew that they were taking the best possible care of her. While the price is expensive, it is 100% worth it. I always felt like they were looking out for my dog's best interests. They encouraged me to stop in or call whenever I wanted/needed help or information. Allison was BEYOND phenomenal and was so informative. The front desk staff, Michelle in particular, were so friendly and warm and made me feel welcome every time I called or came in. I know that it's traumatic to take your pet into an emergency clinic and even harder to receive news that you weren't expecting and/or dreading. However, everyone on this staff made sure I was informed along every step of the way. I'm so grateful that we were referred there because I know that my dog was in the best care possible. Thank you to all the doctors and staff at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. You have been amazing!
One night my Dog came home after a short walk. He screamed in pain and lifted up his right paw. I took my baby to my normal Vet and they took some X-rays. First they thought my baby had a bone fracture. We paid extra and forward the x-rays to a radiologist. The result came back negative on the bone fracture. Then my vet gave my baby a muscle relaxer shot and things got worst... My baby started to screaming in pain more often. During the (painful attack) he would runs in circle and snapping his mouth. During that period I was super stressful and fear for my dog condition. Then my normal vet told me there is nothing they can do and I will have to take my baby to a pet neurologist. And they told me to try Dr. Wong. My first visit with Dr. Wong, he exam-ed my dog thoroughly. He explained to me that with my baby behavior most likely is slip disk. Normally only MRI will be able to determined. Since my dog would still walk and lifted up his head during the exam. Dr. Wong said we can try to crate rest him for two weeks and if my dog does get better. We might not need to go the expensive route. After the two weeks crate rest, My baby really did get better. We went back for the 2nd visit and Dr. Wong was very happy with the results. We didn't have to go back since then. I really think that Dr. Wong is very caring Vet/Neurologist. He explained to me very clearly what my dog might have and my option of treatments. If he is one of those people who only want to make money, he could simply told me to go with MRI/Surgery route in the first place. But no he didn't. Now that my baby is all better and healthy. I'm really happy that we did choose Dr. Wong. Thank you very much Dr. Wong.
I have never been to your clinic. I live in Kentucky... I just saw the news (via Facebook) where you helped that paralyzed dog by performing a $6000 neuro/spinal surgery to save its life and then made sure that family got their dog back for Christmas. This news has completely restored my belief that there are people/veterinarians like you in this world who will do a thing like this. You see, almost 2 years ago, I lost my beloved Tuff Stuff at 7.5 years of age due to a slipped disc and then paralyzation. But he could feel the pain, and he lost control of all of his functions. He could not even lie down without screaming out in pain. After 4 days of prednisone and tramadol for him, and no food or sleep for me, my vet told me there was nothing more that could be done for him, short of the surgery that would cost at least $5000, and there was still no guarantees. We simply did not have the money... I could not stand to see my baby in so much pain and had to make that God awful decision to humanely euthanize him. I could not, for the life of me, understand WHY no vet would help me... Upon reading this news, I am instantly transported back to January 2013, when I lost my baby. All of the raw emotions are upon me again as if it just happened all over again. I just want to say Thank you for helping that dog, and its family. And for putting that faith back into my heart that there ARE veterinarians out there like you, even if I wasn't lucky enough to have known you myself, that are in the business because you LOVE animals, and because you truly care. You have a heart of pure gold!!! You are amazing!!! I just really, really needed to tell you that. Sincerely, with all my heart, Angela Howard ❤️
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.