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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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I just wanted to take a minute to share my most recent experience with CareFirst, specifically Dr. Conley, and commend this practice for their compassion, sensitivity and extraordinary pet care. I had the very traumatic experience of coming across a dog who had been the victim of a hit and run on Falls of Neuse Road this morning. As I made a rapid u-turn to position my car behind this beautiful animal and protect her from the morning traffic, my first instinct was to call CareFirst. I spoke with the on-call doctor, Dr. Conley on his emergency number, and his immediate response was that he was near the office and that he would evaluate the dog immediately. I received a follow-up phone call within 10 minutes from Dr. Conley that this dog had passed away, but that she had a collar, and he would bring her to their office and contact the family. Although my own rescue beagle is a patient at CareFirst, not once did Dr. Conley question if this injured dog was a CareFirst patient, or who would pay for this dog's potential medical bills or his care. His first instinct was to help and then, reach out to this dog's family. As a dog-owner and animal lover, I was overwhelmed with sadness and grief for witnessing this loss today, but Dr. Conley brought me, and I can only presume the family who lost this beloved pet, a bit of peace. I cannot thank CareFirst enough for their kindness and compassion today. However, I am also not suprised considering the extraordinary care my own dog has received from this practice, and the main reason my first instinct was to reach out to them. In fact, when my own dog developed a horrible gastroenteritis while we were on vacation 2 summers ago, I spoke with the on-call doctor describing his symptoms and my concerns re: dehydration. Not only did the doctor that evening spend at least 15 minutes on the phone with me reviewing the clinical history, but followed up with another phone call the next day just to "check in". I feel blessed to be part of the CareFirst community. I hope these anectdotes demonstrate the compassionate care your pet will receive with this wonderful team of doctors.
I just moved to Cary from Florida and I am so thrilled this vet office is less than a mile away. My cat seemed to be having seizure like activity one morning and I called Crossroads Veterinary Hospital to see if I could see someone right away. The receptionist seemed very concerned and made room for me to come in as an emergency. I had to wait 15 minutes because no Dr's were there yet (7:45am). The front desk staff was so concerned about myself and my cat they offered me coffee or water and let me go to an exam room so I could wait quietly with my baby. At 8 am two Dr's came into my room and were so gentle and soothing. I was crying like crazy. They wanted to keep my cat for the day to monitor her while they did treatment. I was scared to be away from her so they offered me to do visitation throughout the day. By 2 pm my girl was back to herself and ready to go home. The Dr's spent so much time with me discussing possible reasons for her "attack". Ultimately we think it may have been a pest control spray I had used in my house the day before. I was so thankful for the attention my girl had while she was there and how soothing the staff was. People don't write enough about these type of experiences, just the negative. I hope Crossroads Veterinary Hospital and all the DVM's that worked with me know how spectacular their efforts were! I can't imagine taking her anywhere else.
This place is amazing! I recently switched from my old vet who I've been seeing for more than 10 years. My dog was diagnosed with Kidney failure and my old vet told me nothing about it. Basically just hinted to have him euthanized. I'm so glad I found Falls Village and got a second opinion, I have met everyone there and they are great! Everyone is friendly and helpful. The vets answered all of my questions and talked to me about my dog's progression over the phone. They answered everything in great details (unlike my old vet) and gave me suggestions on what to do for my dog. They even printed out recipes for me and gave me amazing discounts on Sub Q fluids until I could do them myself. (My old vet was charging $60 each sub Q injection, Falls Village only charged me $15) plus they gave me free needles once I learned how to do it myself. Everyone there really goes above and beyond to help the pet and make sure the owners understand everything. I would HIGHLY recommend this vet.
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.