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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 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
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.
I am in the military and move every few years which means I must change vets every few years. I have lived all over th USA and Community Vet is the best vet I have had in my 12 yr career. Recently my cat Ellie passed away of a stroke. She died as I was driving over to the vet and I barged in there like a crazy lady screaming and crying. The entire staff was so kind to me, and treated Ellie with dignity. After they sent me a condolence card and the entire staff signed it. Also their prices are very fair. The most expensive I have had was living in Hamton Roads, Virginia. So when I came here it was a shock to see how much less they charge for services here. I got my Ellie cremated and they had her ashes back to me within days. I also take my dog there and they treat him very kind. He had two teeth pulled and when I went to pick him up, he wasn't all stressed out like he has been with prior vets. This place is very good, and I take all my pets there. It will be sad when I transfer to DC next summer becuase it will be hard to find a staff this nice again.
My wife and I had 2 chocolate labs. When my wife moved her in 2007 from Marshfield it was hard for her to find a vet as good as the one she had up there. After doing our research on vets in the Milwaukee area we found the West Allis Veterinary Clinic. My wife grew up on a dairy farm and after she saw that Dr. Dan worked with large animals and with dairy she said we have to see him. So needless to say we have been taking our girls to him for 9 years and can't say enough good things about Dr. Dan and the whole staff. We are thankful to find a team that is so loving and passionate for each of their patients. We had to put one of our girls down in September of 2014 and we did it at the Animal Hospital and the next day we received a call from Dr. Dan giving his condolences and his favorite memory of our Sadie girl and later in the week a card from the Doctor and staff. With that being said that shows what kind of team works there. I highly recommend them for your local veterinary clinic. Kim, Ryan, Aspen the late Sadie McDonough
I have been bringing my dogs to the West Allis Veterinary Clinic for a few years now. I had previously gone to another clinic, but was unsatisfied with the high prices, difficulty in scheduling appointments, and impersonal care. I have always found staff at the West Allis Vet Clinic to be friendly and helpful. For example, one of my dogs gets very nervous during these appointments and can get aggressive with other animals due to that. Your staff have been able to schedule us at an early time when the clinic is less busy as a way to help that situation. My other dog just turned 9 years old, and as I have never owned a senior animal, I wasn't sure how to care for him differently. I was very happy with the suggestions and advice that Dr. Banceu offered. I learned that simple preventative measures like dental cleanings can positively affect my older dog's health. Overall, I feel the staff and doctors at West Allis Veterinary Clinic have given both of my animals excellent care at an affordable cost.
Two years ago, I took my very sick old cat into Advanced Animal Hospital since my regular vet was too busy. Dr. Shimon was very kind. He ran some tests and found that my cat had very bad kidney disease. He told me options for treatment. I made the decision to put my cat to sleep. The doctor and staff gave me support and comfort about my decision. They were so nice! My daughter gave me a kitten a few months ago. I took my kitten in for a checkup. The girls at the desk remembered me and made me feel welcome. The assistant took me in the room and asked me many questions about my little kitty. The tech weighed him, took a temperature, and listened to his heart. Dr. Shimon came and did a real good exam and gave a vaccine. The next day, I actually got a call from Dr. Shimon. He asked me how my kitten was doing and told me Kitty had worms. I picked up some medicine and they explained the treatment. Kitty has been fine and healthy. I'll keep going to Advanced Animal Hospital.
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!
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.