Eight Tips for Protecting Your Pet »
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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On a Sunday morning, my beloved 10 year old dog suddenly began showing major symptoms of gastric torsion, which is one of the most extreme medical emergencies known for dogs. Time is of the essences, as death can come very quickly. I rushed her to Sisk Veterinary Hospital, where Dr. Singh immediately took an x-ray confirming gastric torsion. He began administering IV fluids to stabilize her before beginning emergency surgery. He told me that she most likely had a 50 / 50 chance of surviving surgery, and the follow up care would be very risky, and it might take days to recover. My dog was in very bad shape and I was expecting the worst. I can't even begin to express how thankful I was when Dr. Singh called later that day to let me know that she was alive and well. He was able to rotate her stomach back into alignment and then removed her spleen. He also performed a gastropexy, to help prevent any future gastric torsion. He told me that she could come home later that day. When I returned to the veterinary hospital to get my dog, Dr. Singh thoroughly explained everything to me. He showed me the surgical equipment that he used on her and even showed me her spleen. He spent a great deal of time answering all of my questions, as well as my families questions. Never once did we feel rushed. I would like to emphasize how extremely polite, professional, and kind hearted Dr. Singh was, as well as the other veterinary staff. Dr. Singh asked me to bring her back the following morning for a follow up visit. When I returned Dr. Singh had the biggest smile on his face when he saw how well my dog was doing. I could tell how genuinely he, and his staff members, cared about my dog. Dr. Singh's office called twice the next day to see how my dog was doing. I would also like to say that the price Dr. Singh charged me was exactly how much he had previously estimated. There were no hidden fee's or surprises. This veterinary hospital saved my beloved dog's life in a dire emergency and I am forever grateful.
First I am amazed at the previous reviews. So I called the vet to ask why such bad reviews. Aha this location no longer has Dr, Gill. The new vet is Dr. Bassi . I am so happy to hear this as I found Dr. Bassi to be one of the best vets I have ever used. He was a wonderfully warm and knowledgeable Dr. He diagnosed my best friend Pepper as having a staph skin infection when I was told by another vet it was yeast. I was ecstatic as staph is simply antibiotics and yeast problems on skin is very difficult and costly to treat. I also needed Peppers toenails trimmed as he practically has a heart attack if you attempt to trim. So he has to be sedated. 3 other vets have trimmed his nails while sedated and not once did they mention it would be best to cut and cauterize his nails. Dr Bassi did this to pepper which was a fantastic idea. He wouldn't need them cut for a lot longer than the other vets that sedated and barely trimmed them, I assume it was because I would have to bring him back much sooner. Dr. Bassi saved me money and it was the best job ever done on my boy. He also explained to me all about the staph infection, because I had researched the yeast and was certain it was indeed yeast due to the foul smell. He was just an all around great veterinarian. My nephew who brought pepper in with me was equally impressed by his warm and friendly personality. This is great as I live very close . It is a good feeling to trust a vet with your pet, especially when being sedated and having to leave them. I will see you again Dr. Bassi and thank you so much for being a good vet. I am a real customer. My name is Stefanie Vargas and I live in the La Loma area. Just saying because of people that think there are fake yelps. Mine is a real review and I am happy to say so.
My cat came out of hiding after losing a bunch of weight, she felt like a skeleton. I took her to Dr Singh and he could tell just by looking after her she had fatty liver disease. Cali would need to be hospitalized for a month, I was overwhelmed by how much it would cost. So I was going to put her down but the Dr said she was to young and we could save her. He worked out a plan for me that I could manage. I would go visit her and the staff was so caring and compassionate. Once she started feeling better the staff would take her out and have there breaks with her. She did so good they would let her roam around the hospital, the staff fell in love with her. Cali came home today and is doing a lot better. I know she is going to miss the staff and all the attention she got there. I will definitely be taking all my pets there.
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.