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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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Dr. McLemore, you are by far the best vet ever! You are compassionate, caring, and caring to pets and understanding to the owners! I am sure you han…
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From Business: Steele Animal Hospital - Rita Manarino DVM is located at 5305 Seminole Blvd Saint Petersburg, FL 33708. We are a full-service veterinary hospital offering quality p…
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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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Dr. Mills and his staff are very compassionate about all the animals that they help. I have been taking my dog there for four years, ever since he was a puppy, and I have never had the desire to go anywhere else. They have always taken good care of me, along with my dog. Dr. Mills is very thorough and never misses anything, he also explains everything that is going on with my dog and the recommended treatments so that I am able to understand everything that is going on with my dog and how to continue his treatment. His staff is always very friendly and helpful when I call in to make an appointment or if I have questions. Not only does Pasadena Veterinary Hospital provide superb medical care, but they also have boarding and doggie day care services. I have trusted them with my dog many a time when I went out of town. I never worried that he was not getting taken care of properly or that he was not getting enough attention. There is an immaculate dog park next door, in which the dogs are taken out several times a day to play and get exercise. The yard is always clean and it is completely fenced in. Pasadena Veterinary Hospital will provide you with excellent customer service and also take care of all your pets needs!
I moved here from Texas about 3 years ago. I have 3 cats and dog also. Little did I know the fleas in Florida are HORRIBLE!!! My dog broke and was covered in a nasty rash. I tried other hospitals but they just treated the fleas not her skin. I drove by Pasadena Veterinary Hospital and I saw there Doggy Daycare sign and I decided to check it out. The staff was very caring and helpful with my dog. They didn't make me feel stupid for not knowing about the fleas here. During the appointment I noticed how thorough Dr. Mills is. My dog not only had an allergic reaction to fleas but she had a horrible ear infection. Dr. Mills and the staff go over what treatment my dog would need with me and I got to choose what he recommends. 2 weeks later from the help of Pasadena Veterinary Hospital my dogs skin was back to normal and she finally quit bothering her ears. I definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves their pet as much as I do. Pasadena Veterinary hospital is definitely worth checking out.
My boyfriend and I had to take our 112 lb Mastiff in for an emergency last Sunday. He was at the dog park and injured his leg, to the point he wasnt walking at all. The staff greeted us warmly and made us feel right at home. Dr Berlin came into see us and we never felt like she was in a hurry. Dr Berlin took great care and time making sure we understood her diagnosis. We wernt expecting this kind of finacial emergency, however it was made very clear that our dogs wellbeing was of upmost importance, and easily came to a very resonable financial payment plan. I am happy to say he is doing well and we are forever in Dr Berlin and VCA Noahs Place debt for taking such wonderful care of our gentle giant
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.