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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.
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 just got a new puppy and have an 8 year old dog also. I was looking for a better priced doctor than where I was at. I paid only $20 for an exam, nail trim, ear cleaning, a bag of toys, treats, food, and a folder of information. They told me everything sammy was going to need in a week, this was pretty comprable, even a little less than my previous vet. Then I told them that Jimmy, my other dog needed his teeth cleaned, they told me I would have to do an exam on him, and it was just $19.50 cuz he was never there before and as long as he was up-to-date we could do the teeth cleaning. Because of his age I did have to do some extras, like lab work, fluids, and some special anesthethic but they were having a special, I got the teethcleaning at $20 off, a free bath, nailtrim, and ear cleaning!!! I thought this was sooo nice, I really felt like I was given value for my valuable money now that I'm holding on to every dollar more protectively. Just as I thought I was getting a good deal, they gave me a free sample bag of toothpaste, a free toothbrush, rawhide, and some mouth rinse with a 10% off coupon for one of those products. I mean talk about generous, I think that the management and owners at advanced animal hospital really understand what we are going through in these hard times and are trying to do their part in helping out. OH Yeah, they are doing a food drive for the hunger task force, Generous!!!
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
My aging Pug dog was miserable for several years with chronic ear infections causing itching, pain, foul smells, and certainl much stress. I went to St. Francis Animal Hospital regularly for various cremes and medication but nothing ever helped my poor dog. Over a year ago, my daughter recommened Dr. Mark Thomas at the Community Veterinary Clinic on Chase. From the beginning of our meeting with Dr. Thomas, I sensed this professional was informed, experienced, and genuinely concerned abot my dog, Klaude. With regular appointments, ear flushing treatments, and tests for the specific bacteria in my dogs ears, Dr. Thomas perscribed the proper medications and things only got better for Klaude. It was several months into treatment and Klaude's ears were healing and looking well. This was a miracle to me and a blessing. Now my dog has healthy ears and we are religious about exams and ongoing care so we may never reach a dangerous situation again. I love the staff at this clinic. All the personnel are caring and concerned. Dr. Mark Thomas and staff are A++++++ in my book and I will continue to take Klaude there and recommend this clinic to anyone. Gisela from St. Francis, WI
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.