The September To-Do List »
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.
Jessie our 12 year old Yellow Lab Mix became sick and lethargic. We carried her to our neighborhood vet who said there was nothing he could do and we would need to put her down. We were not going to accept that decision without a second opinion. We then took her to Queen Village Animal Hospital which our son said was excellent. We were told she would need surgery to remove her uterus but that she also had a severe infection throughout her body and her chances of survival were very small. Jessie had the surgery done and then the waiting to see if she could fight off the infection began. Jessie never gave up and the wonderful doctors, workers and staff of Queen Village never gave up on her either. They monitored and gave her loving care constantly. After several days of waiting and praying, we got the call that she was showing signs of improvement. Jessie made a full recovery.... Jessie is now 15 1/2 and even though climbing stairs and getting on the couch are a bit difficult for her now, she still acts like a puppy when it's time to go for a walk. We cannot put into words what these extra years with Jessie have meant to us.
Thank you Queen Village Animal Hospital for taking such good care of my kitty. I heard such wonderful things about QVAH from friends and family so when I adopted my rescue kitty and needed a vet I knew this was going to be my choice. It was important for me to find a hospital where there is compassion for both the animals and the owners and where I felt I could completely trust the doctor taking care of my cat. I've had a great experience here. The vets are knowledgeable, understanding, respectful and helpful. I'm greeted with friendly voice when I call and a smile when I walk in. After Ella was spayed all my questions were patiently and thoroughly answered. I had a post-surgery concern a few days later and my call was returned by the end of the day and again, my questions were answered fully and thoughtfully. The facility is clean with state of the art equipment and the feel is warm and comforting. And, from what I can see, the prices are in line or lower than other vets in the area. I wouldn't want anyone else taking care of Ella.
Dr. Radbill has been our family vet since I was a kid. Now married with children of my own, we too have a number of pets as I did growing up in the Bustleton section of Philadelphia. Dr. Radbill has helped me care for many new baby pets, and guided me through integrating them into our family with our other and sometimes older pets. He has even provided dental care on a few occasions. Dr. Radbill and his staff have operated on 2 of my pets and helped care for them when they've been under the weather. They call to check on them a few days after the visit and they even sent a sympathy card when a beloved pet passed. These are the little things that count. Dr. Radbill and his staff are the best. My pets and I have never once had a bad experience at his office and it shows that they are really there for the animals and their sometimes distressed parents. I've never even thought of going anywhere else and I recommend him to everyone searching for a great vet. I hope he never retires!
My friends all told me to come to Queen Village for my pets. I recently moved here from California and was very happy with my vet there but had to come to Philly for my job. Along came my 2 cats and dog. I have been a client of QV for 6 months and thought they were awesome. The prices were reasonable and staff was welcoming. I saw Dr. Wellens and he was thorough and seem to genuinely care about my pets. He spent alot of time answering my silly questions and I found that to be refreshing. It came time to pay the bill and it was surprisingly reasonable. I did price shop other hospitals in the area and they were more expensive than this hospital. It is a clean and classy place and my pets loved it there. Parking was a little hard to find at 6pm but i still found a spot. QV has something called a smart card available to clients. FREE PARKING! Who knew! I highly recommend this hospital and hope never to have to switch again.
I was visiting my family in Philadelphia over the holidays with my dog Maggie. Maggie had been given too many treats from a family member that thought he was being nice. She became extremely sick and was defecating frank blood and was vomitng. I called Noah's Ark animal Hospital and was told to bring her right up. Dr. Ronis was very efficient in her treatment of Maggie's condition, and after only 24 hours of being treated, her diarrhea cleared up, and she was back to her old self. I am so grateful to Dr. Ronis, not only for taking me in as quickly as she did, but for her excellent care in treating my precious pets ailment. Although I was not a regular client, she treated us as though we had been one for years. I would reccommend her to anyone who loves their pet, and can't thank her enough for her caring and proffesional ethics. Martha McMonagle
Dr. Eynard and his staff are exceptional! They take incredibly good care of my dogs. They are experienced, trustworthy, and dependable. They have gone above and beyond for me and my dogs. It baffles me that anyone would write anything negative about this place because they are truly wonderful. For example, (without even asking )Dr. Eynard took time to discuss what I could do at home to help my dogs adjust to a new baby. He gave me great ideas and he also gave me as a new mom information to help me feel more safe and comfortable in bringing my infant home with animals. Another time I had an emergency and I couldn't leave the house. He called a staff member into the office so that he could come service my dog at my home. They are animal lovers who genuinely care about there cliental. I highly reccomend Dr. Eynard.
When I called for an urgent appointment, the only opening was a few days away. After asking a lot of very specific questions, the receptionist/tech recommended I call back each morning to check on cancellations. Not ten minutes after this call, SHE called ME back to let me know of an appointment that just opened up within the hour. My kitten was taken in promptly, examined, x-rayed and then referred --all within 1 hour -- to VSEC for an ultrasound and possible surgery for an abdominal obstruction. As it turns out, our kitten's condition did not require surgery at VSEC, so we were able to bring him back to QVAH to have the procedure (and neutering) for less than half the projected cost we had expected. He is now resting comfortably and the staff has been exceptional in fielding my calls and questions.
To be perfectly honest, I don't feel safe taking my boys any place else but to QVAH. We moved to New Jersey over a year ago and still take Jake and Otis back for all their care. The front desk help is always more than friendly and happy to see not just my dogs but all the other clients that walk through the doors while I'm there. Even when I feel that something is wrong with one of the boys we always call and tell them the symptoms and the message is always passed on to our Vet followed by a return phone call with some care advice. In all I find the staff and patient care at QVAH to go above and beyond and I will continue to bring my Labs and any future pets my family may get to QVAH for their care.
my wife & i took our beloved cat moe to blvd animal hosp.to be checked out.didnt know he was this sick.they took the time to explain the problems that moe had.sadly(we were devistated),we had to put our little boy to sleep.the people at this hospital were so compassionate and understanding.they let us spend as much time before and after as we wanted with moe.If you want heavenly care for your pets, pleasetake your animals to these kind and compassionate people.We had moe cremated and these special people gave us a wooden urn with moes ashes in it & a name tag for the front of it.they also sent very heart warming cards to us afterwards.thank you so much for everything you did for us.ROY & SHIRLEY WOLF.
After a few visits to get to the bottom of some serious GI issues that Sarr were having, he always followed up with a phone call. Eventually when he reached a diagnosis and Sarr was put on medication, he continued to check up and make sure everything was going ok with her. I really appreciate his time, effort and concern... he obviously loves what he does and is great at it. As for the receptionists and techs, I've never had a bad experience. Everyone has always been very helpful and pleasant. We've since moved out of Queen Village but continue to bring our pets here, as we know they'll receive good care, and I also think that the prices are fair.
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.