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From Business: Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, also known as ALVMA, provides a variety of educational opportunities. It increases the public awareness of the importance …
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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.
ditto the first review of the Emergency Animal Clinic and staff. My beloved kittycat "Big Bubb" had an apparent heart attack in the middle of the night and was found unresponsive next to me in my bed. I rushed him to the Animal Emergency Clinic and the Vet and Vet Tech. were all that i could have hoped they would be. Very compassionate and I know the vet was a fine vet because he has treated my pets in private practice in the past. Thanks Animal Emergency Clinic. You made my pain the slightest bit more bearable, but it was a very nice feeling to have you there.
They are very kind and patient on the phone and in person. The staff and the vet were always more than remarkable, knowledgeable, and affordable. When our dog passed away of cancer they were very understanding and even sent a card to us. The last time I came here with my two children. They had a nice time playing with a toy vet set they brought out. They have animals there at the clinic that my children and I enjoyed seeing. We will really miss this vet as we recently moved out of state.
Last night I had to take my collie/retriever mix into the Animal Emergency Clinic. Unfortunately she did not make it, but there was nothing that could be done. The staff at the clinic tried desperately to save her life, and for that I thank them. They were urgent in their care and understanding of her needs as well as my pain. I would recommend them to anyone that has an animal in need of urgent care. Had Moody not been too far gone I truely believe they could have saved her. Thank you again.
Many thanks for all your generosity. We were traveling home from Tennessee and our 5 month old puppy was very sick from eating leafs and berries from a holly bush. me and my husband were both scared we might loose him cause he was not getting any better. The care we received was amazing. Today we are home in sunny Florida and he is doing so much better. Thank goodness for all of you. You are a true godsend.
Dr. Lewis Benefield, Dr. Jim Benefield, and Dr. Westbrook are the most compassionate people I have ever met. Their knowledge, staff, and work ethic saved "Jake" after he had been hit by a car. Furthermore, their clinic is the cleanest office I have been in - Vet Clinic or not. THANK YOU!!!
I just wanted to say thanks for taking care of Belle. The Laser therapy really has helped her arthritis. It is great to know such cutting edge therapy is available in Pratville , AL. I appreciate y'all treating us like family.
The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable I would recommend Blue Ridge Animal Clinic.
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.