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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 recently had to have surgery on my sheltie for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). My regular vet could not get her in for another week and a half and I did not want to wait that long, considering the pain that she was in. So, judging from my previous experience at spirit of 76 vet clinic, and knowing how professional and caring they were, I chose to have them do my sheltie's surgery. (I personally have a friend that goes here as well, and my father does with his sheltie, chance). Dr. Seebard was the one who did the surgery on my sheltie and I have to say that he was really a wonderful doctor. He took the time to answer any questions that I might have, and always got back to me prompty. This was a very traumatic experience for me, as well as for my husband. You see, our dogs are our children and they mean the world to us. Also, their prices were reasonable and the doctor even went out of his way for us, just to 'fit' us in for an appointment. And, he was kind enough not to charge us for the appointment, or office visit, because we needed something clarified. I would have to say that there is a sense that when you walk in that door, that these people really love animals and will do anything for them! ~God Bless you for that~ I was very impressed. Thankyou for everything. -Tammy Straube New Berlin
I was completely impressed with Advanced Veterinary Care Clinic when I recently brought my 13 year old dog into see them. I've been going there for years, but only for shots, Bob has been very healthy up to this point, but stopped eating ,drinking and he was having a diffcult time urinating. Everyone was soo professional, but yet friendly. After I saw the doctor he had a couple of ideas what could be wrong with Bob. He gave me a couple of options seeing as I am on a restricted budget. Dr.Singh did xrays of the bladder. To make a long story short it turned out he had a bladder stones.. The doctor discussed with me the treatment option which was surgery. He told me the anesthetic risk that could occur to Bob because of his old age. Finally after a long discussion, I agreed to the surgery. He did the surgery and kept the dog overnight for monitoring. The next day the dog was doing great and he started eating drinking and urinating fine, it looked like he was one year old. Dr. Singh is a amazing doctor. He is very professional, knowledgeable and a great human being. Advanced Veterinarian Care Clinic had reasonable prices and I recommend everyone to take their pets there.
UPDATE" Spirit of '76' vet clinic has done a wonderful job in performing the surgery on my sheltie, shelby. Post-opt, a week ago today, she had surgery on a torn ACL. She started walking on all four of her legs within five days after surgery. She was up and about in no time and back to her normal self. I still have to watch her though, because she seems to think she can just take off whenever she feels like it. Her progressive and rapid recovery has been truly amazing to me. Especially since, I was so apprehensive and afraid to see her results., since she is almost 10 years old. I have to say, that shelby's persistance and perseverance has added to her recovery, as well. Shelties are extremely intelligent dogs. But, I just wanted to personally thankyou for doing such a wonderful job! (again). You have no idea how worried I was and upset I was about this whole ordeal. I love my dogs so much, I cannot even imagine my life without them!!! (we have two shelties). Shelby and Angie. Thank you for the wonderful job you did and for giving shelby her mobility back. Sincerely, Tammy Straube and Shelby.
This is a great place with a caring kind staff. I travel a distance to use the Animal Emergency Center and I find the drive well worth it. I have used them four times and each time I have had a positive experience. My cat had surgery there and I was allowed to spend half the night laying by his cage. To me that is priceless! The staff made me comfortable with a blanket to lay on. The staff knew my cat was scared when I was not there, so they put a blanket in front of the cage so he could feel secure. How is that for caring! They quote you on the fees in advance, which to me is not necessary, because pet ownership should not be about money and if it is you should not have a pet. I can imagine the frustration of the staff when they are there to save pets lives and the have to deal with the people that make the choice to put their animals down because they don't want to spend the money to save them. I commend each and every staff member at this center!
I moved from IL away from a wonderful veterinarian. Finding one in the Milwaukee area that seemed to care as much as the old vet did was hard. We found Alta View and I was happy. Granted I was not used to the "office visit" fees (as I have 4 dogs) but I understand the concept. The prices are truely reasonable and the doctors are all wonderful and really seem to care about what I feel is important for my dogs. Not the attitude "I'm just gonna do it cause I can". When I call I have ALWAYS been able to talk to a doctor, what a concept I cannot even get that attention with my physician. We recently lost one of our dogs and the care and compassion they showed and still are showing is a wonderful comfort. I reccomend this facility and these doctors to any pet parent that really wants to feel like your pet matters (and you too).
I've been there several times now, all emergencies. Yes, they're expensive, but you ask what's required, WHY it's required, what the cost is, etc. They DO have to have you put the quote on a credit card, but they have experts there for just about everything. We've been there with a full urinary blockage with a cat, with a constipation issue with another cat, a renal failure on another (we lost that cat), cancer end stage on another, and emergency pancreatitis (today). Once they did the quote you can make an owner's decision to say yes or no on what they need to do. But all the techs and vets have been extremely professional, very animal caring, very patient. And when you have a pet who can't be helped, who has to be euthenized, they're VERY understanding with grief. I know they're not cheap, but they're very good at what they do.
I have been going to Dr. Singh for 15 years and I would never take my animals anywhere else. He is the most kind, caring person I have ever known. He really cares not only about the animal but the pets family too! I have two dogs Goober and Riley and they love going to see Dr. Singh and his crew, Trish, Annie, Shannon and now Michelle (welcome back). Animal Care Hospital provides not only the best wellness and preventative care, but also emergency and medical care, My dog Riley is now a happy spolied 8 yr old lab thanks to their emergency care when he was just 8 weeks old. My 15 yr. old pound puppy Goober is comfortably enjoying her senior years because of the great care she gets at Animal Care Hospital. They also provide safe, secure and loving boarding and grooming. I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Singh and Animal Care Hospital.
I've been bringing my cats to Spirit for about 20 years and though it has changed hands a few times, I would never take my babies anywhere else. The staff has always been kind and helpful and the Vets are extremely knowledgeable. When one of my cats was diagnosed with an unusual kind of cancer, the doctor explained to us all of the options and offered to refer us to people he knew at the Veterinary Medical College in Madison for more extensive/ experimental options. While we chose a non-invasive approach, I really appreciated that he would go the extra mile to give us the best possible care. They are finishing a total remodel and their new facility looks to be both beautiful and highly functional. I would recommend Spirit to anyone looking for high-quality care.
I have been seeing Dr. Voss for 5 or so years. Went to Dr. Seebart once but he's Mr. No Personality. dr. voss is extremely caring and knows well of what he speaks of. he will do research to make the problem that will not go away, go away. plus, major plus here, he's eyecandy. *wiggles eyebrows* the staff at the front desk: Betty, Josh, Miss Roxanne, Meghan, Chris, should all get big fat raises. They are really great at their job. although, i must add, the new staff are a bit clueless. can i call them ignorant? they do not know what they're doing, if the roof was missing, would they notice? seriously, hire beyond looks and go for intelligence. i abhor these new creatures that walk around like a wound up toy.
I want to start by saying that this is by far the best Vet Clinic around. I've been to several different clinics and i just could not find one that cared about my pets and how i felt. And this vet clinic is all loving, caring, respectful, and understanding! I couldn't ask for more. The doctors are just amazing they help me around my budget, yet still giving my pets the care they need. I feel comfortable here. Both Dr. Malueg and Dr. Helmbrecht are so caring and understanding and the vet staff, the receptionists there are all so warm and caring, they love pets and their owners. I recommend this clinic to all people who are looking for a great one of kind clinic that you will not see anywhere else.
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.