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We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
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This review is long overdue. I am moving 3K miles away in the next few weeks and I will miss Dr Bacia, and the wonderful staff at Powers Drive Animal Hospital for their compassion and outstanding care. When my shih tzu puppy developed a limp that could no longer be ignored, I took her to see Dr. Bacia. An X-ray revealed (in layman terms) that one of her two leg bones stopped growing while the latter kept growing... This put increased pressure on the bone socket and ligaments which caused her limp that would have progressively worsened over time, if not addressed asap. She was in surgery the following day. Dr. Bacia gave me two options: Have the surgery done by another vet with more experience in the type of surgery required (substantially more expensive, too) or trust him (Bacia) to perform the surgery himself. Since I knew Dr. Bacia as my puppers vet, I trusted him implicitly and chose him to perform the surgery. The surgery involved slicing the ulna bone in half to release the pressure from the socket, etc. with the hope the bone would grow, heal, and eventually fuse back together over time. For two months, she was confined to my apartment with no play time while under 24/7 supervision. It was a stressful time for the both of us... but in the end it was so very worth while!!! She is once again the playful puppy I know her to be minus the limp that once plagued her. I never expected her to fully recover but she has! And I couldn't be more grateful to Dr. Bacia and the his staff!!! I highly recommend Dr. Bacia to anyone who is serious about the care of their pets. I trust Dr. Bacia as if he were my own doctor and frankly the comprehensive care he offers is better. Dr. Bacia and the staff at Powers Drive Animal have seen me through some of the worst times with my puppy. The staff is well informed and trained, and they handeled my pup with sincere compassion and respect. These people genuinely care for animals and how they are treated. I have had many animals over my lifetime and experienced a lot of veterinarians in my time... Dr. Bacia and his staff are among the best in my opinion. I so appreciate the time he commits to staying current with new methods of treatment. And I so appreciate the time he took with me communicating every detail of every process, procedure, x-ray through her recovery. I don't know how he does it all ... he is truly gifted at what he does! I will forever be grateful! The staff are wonderful, professional, and compassionate people. I honestly don't know what I would have done without them all! I will miss Dr. Bacia and his staff more than they will ever know!
In all honesty, if you are looking for the best dentist in the Orlando then you should definitely visit Dr. Nash. There are many reasons why I felt the need to write a 5 star, personal review for Dr. Nash & his team in Orlando. Before even visiting the office, I took a few minutes to browse the site and was absolutely blown away by the organization and amount of resources offered online. If you have any questions about the services offered, what to expect then you will appreciate how helpful the website is for patients. I mean you don't even have to go in to the actual office to start getting the help and information you need, and I think that's absolutely wonderful and unique to this office. I moved from Atlanta to Orlando recently and the transition hasn't been that easy. I was not expecting to have issues migrating to a new doctor and dentistry in Orlando - but to my dismay, there were a lot of problems in the process that I encountered. However, none of these problems stemmed from my experience with Dr. Nash. As a new patient, I felt really comfortable and welcomed into the office upon my first visit. I liked this a lot. People usually tend to go to the same dentist their entire life - and this causes new patients to feel unwelcome or even awkward at new offices. Believe me when I say that at Dr. Nash's dentistry, you will not feel this way! In fact, whether you are a new patient or a regular, you can expect genuine care from the services and overall good vibes at each appointment. I don't know about you, but when it comes to dental care, it isn't about machinery or the amount of people there are bustling around the halls.. it's about the QUALITY of services provided. I mean dental tools can range in design from different brands, and the number of quantity one has in stock, but ultimately the performance of such tools depends entirely on HOW they are used by the hygienist, dentist, et cetera. All in all, I hope you can find this review helpful while deciding upon dental care services. I just wanted to give a truthful and detailed account of my own experiences to help those of you struggling to settle on a dentist because I know how difficult the process can be! Don't be disappointed with your choice, because I wasn't :).
I can't say enough positive things about Orlando Urgent Dental. When my husband's crown came loose (painfully), Orlando Urgent Dental was wonderful. They are great about returning phone calls (we never got through, but they returned all of our calls fairly quickly). My husband's work prevented him from being able to go in right away, so we scheduled an early evening appointment to make sure he could be seen. When he arrived they were running a little behind, but the wait was worth it. With emergency situations it is understandable to have delays and his was only about 30 minutes. They are extremely caring, knowledgeable, and just plain great at what they do. For a set price (a very reasonable $75) they fixed his tooth. We are so thankful for the reasonable and excellent care he received. He is as good as new again, with no followup appointments needed. While he was there, my husband took the opportunity to ask a question about two of his other teeth. The dentist took the time to evaluate those teeth and advise him on corrective procedures. His honest evaluation was a huge relief to my husband, who had consulted two other dentists in the area and had received "estimates" for work that ran into the thousands of dollars. Orlando Urgent Dental provided an honest, unbiased (they don't do the work/have no financial interest in the procedures) evaluation that took the "scare factor" out of the dental sales pitch that my husband received from two other places. What started out as a horrible morning full of worry, turned into a huge blessing with one tooth fixed and a simple plan to fix two more very easily and inexpensively! Stop looking, if you have an emergency this is where you want to go.
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.