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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 love them there. I've been through most of the clinics in this town. They have NEVER overcharged me, in fact they've been so upset about the genetic defeat that Breeder was refusing to honor in our contract and there is nothing they can do about it Dr. Koehm told the front staff to charge me an Office Visit ONLY as an established patient. In fact I have an appt. with them in 45 minutes; so I have to run b/c they are 20 miles from my house and WORTH THE DRIVE. The difference is all their Vets and most of the Techs are Specialists. I've had to train so many Vets in this town it is ridiculous b/c they didn't know about this or that or even a certain disease one of my Mastiffs had. No Vet in this town at that time had even heard about it. They all know about it now though. U.C. Davis, when they did the crystals biopsy. The Vet called and YELLED at me for allowing my dog to wake up from the surgery. #1 We were at the all night E.R. Clinic. The Vet on duty had never seen neon green bladder stones before nor had Dr. Wilson, who I've known for years when he saw them the next morning before the courier got their to p/u their specimens. These were not stones they were a crystal from a dual hereditary disease. They pulled 5 handfuls of crystals out of him. Being a Mastiff they actually removed his bladder from his body to flush it hoping to get all the bladder stones. U.C. Davis told me I was stupid and my dog would be dead or have to have surgery again in 6mos, He lived another 6.5yrs w/o any other occurrence. He's the oldest Mastiff I've ever bred, let alone owned. Why b/c I refused to follow U.C. DavDietitian'san's instructions on what to feed him. He needed his urine alkalized. They wanted him on SD for kidneys which is made to acidify the urine. I juiced for him every day for the rest of his life to bring his pH up to where it should be. He passed away from old age as a Mastiff's lifespan in only 6-8yrs, he was 12.5yo. He went HOME b/c he was bitten by a brown recluse spider bite when he was 6mo on his hock that was now making his back leg fail. He got to go HOME with 3 women loving and petting him while he got to lay on their cool floor. What more could a man ask for? So if you wish to go to a cheap Vet, go ahead but my Service Dog deserves better than that. Yes, I have been totally disabled for 7yrs but I don't look it. I'm one of these people you get mad at for using the Handicap Space. If you have a problem with their prices ask. I can remember when Vets didn't charge for office visits either. My new Service Rott can detect if I'm going to have a Seizure, my Heart is going to start acting up or I'm going into either a Passout or Blackout Syncope. She almost as many medical problems as I do. She has a Grade 3 Wry Bite, is Auto-Immune, Dysplastic in both hips and 1 elbow, has genetic heart problems and several of other problems. My normal Vet there is Dr. Connelly and I love her so. All the Staff there is great. Since YP just dumped over half of my review, I'm not going to go further into how great she is besides to say she is normally their Surgeon but will take patients when possible.
I have a wonderful Australian Shepherd who managed to get out of the house and subsequently hit by a car. I came to Dr. Adams on emergency, and her staff immediately triaged my situation, squeezing my poor pup into the schedule. Dr. Adams performed in house x-rays, diagnosing the fracture using her considerable expertise as well accessing her out of state veterinary radiologists to confirm that what she was seeing on film was the only problem. She and her extremely competent staff were helpful, efficient, compassionate and understanding as they went through the charges that an orthopedic surgery would encompass. They ran a comprehensive in-house blood screen to look for abnormalities, and before surgery, explained all of the safety protocols they had in place to ensure his maximum safety under anesthesia. During the procedure, I got updates from staff members, and afterwards, the discharge instructions were extremely thorough and the medications provided were more than ample to cover any post op pain or infection (I would know, I work in emergency medicine). All Creatures performed a complicated procedure, in my mind, to the standards that I would hope my fractured femur would be addressed at a human hospital. The compassion I perceived during this visit is second only to the skill and innate talent of Dr. Adams and her staff. I would wholeheartedly recommend any of my friends or family to this small, personable animal hospital if they needed high quality veterinary care at a reasonable price.
Dr. Pierce is a God send.....He is by far the best vet that I've ever taken my dog to. I use to take him to another vet for 6 years. My dog has periods of urinating on the carpet and he has a very hard time walking. When I lift him to a standing position, his back is arched. The old vet always said that my pet had a urinary tract infection and treated with antibiotics. I just took him in there last Friday and the once again said urinary tract infection.......My son told me about the Reno Animal Hospital and about Dr. Pierce so I took my pet to see him 2 days ago and he diagnosed him with a spinal injury. He treated him for that and today it's like I have a whole new dog. Just in one visit with no expensive tests. Dr. Pierce is the real deal. He's a dying breed in this time and age. He is in it for the well being of the animal. Not for the money. My dog has a new vet now and will never go anywhere else. Not ever again.
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.