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Dr Galbraith met me as a new patient on a Sunday morning at 7:30 am with a dog that was poisoned. I had been to the ER clinic in Huntsville the night before who wanted $ 1,900.00 to put my dog on an IV overnight. My dog is 14 1/4 has degenerative Myelopathy. Dr Galbraith was kind and worked swiftly and with great compassion to me and Ike. Never suggested putting him down. I will give this man a kidney if he needs it. I was a new patient that morning. And while I had a good vet in Huntsville-could not reach him and when I called back for antibiotics was not helped. Dr Galbraith said come get it. He treated 2 dogs for Poision and together with kennel cough they picked up at the ER clinic and I was charged 1/3 of the ER clinic and that included blood work and kidney/liver scans on both. He is amazing !! and to watch him work is awe inspiring!! He indeed needs to have his own special. I have done animal rescue for 20 yrs and will use him excusively from now on. The time has come to let my companion go but until I can take him there Dr Galbraith wants him to be comfortable. He is a dear man with a wonderful heart for all animals. I have not been asked to fill this out nor compensated for it. It is only a brief version of events. The drive is only 20 min from Ardmore. I will make it from now on with all 6 of my rescues and any and all future pets. And I will send everyone I meet to him. 5 stars is not enough!! This vet is 1 in a million and I am priveledged to know him !!
Dr. Wyatt Galbraith is simply the BEST vet I know. I have been doing animal rescue for the past 20 years because of my love of them. NEVER have I met anyone like this man. He is BRILLIANT and COMPASSIONATE beyond belief!!! I only wish that "60 Minutes" would do a national story on Dr. Wyatt Galbraith to give him the attention he deserves! His heart is for the ANIMALS. He can save the most dismal cases and finds challenge in giving all animals a second chance. Our animals are our "children" and we totally trust Dr. Galbraith because he has proven to us over and over again how passionate his medical care has extended to the ones we love!!! Many of these little ones that have been abandoned and sick have come back to life under his care. Nothing is too grave for him to care for. In all my years I have never met a man like him! I believe his purpose in life is to treat these animals like he would treat his own children. Enough said!! Dr. Galbraith is a gift to anyone with animals needing care and treatment. I'm sorry for anyone that has gone to him and does not feel this same way....they are the one with the PROBLEM. They are not very smart and that is unfortunate for their poor animal. Many many thanks for this very special man. God bless Dr. Galbraith and please let us have him for a long long time.
Dr wyatt is a wonderful and caring vet. Very kind And compassionate. He will go to every length to take care of your pet and give it and you all his attention. If he keeps your pet over night it's because it needs to be there. If you need him in the night he is a phone call away. His prices are very reasonable and you get much more than you pay for. His office is always very busy so there is a wait time but for the quality of care your pet gets for me its worth every minute. I love him and his staff... they saved my dogs life and have helped all of my pets. There's no better vet anywhere
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.