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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
5447 Diablo DrSacramento, CA 95842
From Business: Dr. Daniel R. Lawer has been an active member of the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association since 1973 and is a past-president of the association. In Janu…
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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We take our 5 year Husky, Lyca, and our 6 month Malamute puppy, Toki, to see Dr. Beebe. The vet assistants were great and they are always so friendly. Whenever we walk in they always have a treat ready for our pups, and they keep the clinic with a very calm and welcoming air. Lyca started Prolotherapy treatment for two torn tendons in her hind legs, because the tendons were only partially torn. We didn't want to choose surgery because there's a chance that it could permanently ruin her life, and if this therapy failed we would still have more options. The treatment did wonders for Lyca. At the beginning in August 2010, Lyca was admitted to Dr. Beebe limping, in obvious pain and needing pain medication, and grumpy as an old grandma because we couldn't allow her to run, jump or twist. By Nov 2010 she was trotting and happy again because she was able to go on daily walks again. The treatment did amazing things for her and restored her carefree attitude. It was very uplifting to watch her go to the bathroom like a normal dog, rather than watching her squat down slowly and in pain, with her knees quivering. But because of a careless co-owner, a jealous, angry and selfish ex-girlfriend, Lyca had an accident that severed her left tendon and severely re-torn her right tendon as well. The situation has been taken care of though, and legally the ex has been counted responsible for the injury and no longer can force Lyca through anymore trauma. Lyca is still going to receive the Prolotherapy treatment, because it did wonders for her before, and she actually shows a lot of trust and interest in Dr. Beebe where as she shy'd away from the other doctors. When we took our puppy Toki into see Dr. Beebe, he had gotten a foxtail stuck under his eyelid, and even though it took three of us to hold him down and keep him still, she was able to pull that sucker out in no time at all. When we went back for a check up a week later, she gave him lots of love and treats which only brightened his day. For an overall rating, Dr. Beebe is VERY informative and to the point. She's very easy to talk to, she's down to earth with a lot of common sense and she's very honest. She's a wonderful doctor, and her Veterinary offers a lot of vitamin products that are not overpriced, I favor the Kelp and blueberries antioxidant powder, because not only does it have 70+ vitamins, it's also a cancer preventative. Their prices on the Honest Kitchen Dehydrated food are better than buying it at a regular pet store as well. I give the Integrative Veterinary Center 6 stars out of 5 stars. They're just that good.
My dog was rushed to this vet hospital suffering from heatstroke. Dr. Sangani went above and beyond the call of duty to save her life. The first night she was there, he stayed until 9 p.m., until she stabilized. The next day we took her home, but during that night, her condition deteriorated rapidly. I called the office and Dr. Sangani answered and said to bring her right away, which we did. We (my husband and I) thought that would be the end, but Dr. Sangani wanted to try more. He told us to return at 4 p.m. Unfortunately, he called and 10:15 a.m. and told us to come over, and we knew there was no more that could be done for her. She was an exceptional animal -- an American bullterrier/boxer mix who was a service dog, therapy dog, and chaplaincy dog. During her short three years, she touch hundreds of people in different ways. In my opinion, Dr. Sangani and his staff were kind, compassionate, and did more than the average vet would do to save this special animal. He was very specific in explaining Agape's situation when we arrived, making it clear that she would not be able to walk if she were to survive. We trusted our beloved pet to him, and he took exceptional care of her. Our thanks go out him and his staff for all the help they provided for both Agape' and us. When we paid the bill, we excepted it to be far more than it was. No matter how much it might have been, we know that we got quality care for our special girl.
I used this animal hospital as far back as 1982. I never had any complaints, I liked all the vets, although they came and went constantly. You'd find one you liked and the next time you went back, he was gone. I liked the fact that they offered boarding so I could leave my pet at the same place that he received his care. The honeymoon changed when they became part of the VCA conglomerate. They raised their prices, cut back their hours and services, charging more for less in the kennel. I will only now go to independently-owned veterinarians. The one I use now will spend an hour on the phone with me answering questions and giving advice, instead of automatically saying "bring him in" and I don't have to pay an expensive office visit. 8/2/11
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.