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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
1221 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, UT 84106
From Business: This is NOT your parents' pet care facility. Nor is this the "same old Brickyard Kennel." We have new management & a whole new style -- come on in, & Experience the…
1220 S State StSalt Lake City, UT 84111
From Business: Town and country vet hospital is a well established, full service small animal veterinary care facility. We provide: Complete medical care Surgical care Dental care…
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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After the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, I rushed home to Salt Lake City with my gimpy cat, Norah, in tow. I had been dealing with the vets in Japan enough to know that she has hip dysplasia but even with an interpreter I couldn't get much help with her there. I had to return to Japan, but left my cat with a friend who took her to see Dr. Huston on my behalf. The office staff and the doc were very accommodating with communication over email and the Dr. Huston herself made time to speak with me over the phone at length about Norah's hips. She and the staff went as far as to look into surgeons/specialists who could do a hip replacement (my cat had no hips anymore at this point) in Utah and were very good about keeping me posted on what they found out. About 6 months later I came back to Utah for good with a second kitty. I brought both of my cats in for shots and follow up on the hip situation. I got to see firsthand how natural and patient Dr. Huston was with my cats and how well they reacted to her. Norah is a very shy cat who used to hide her face under my shirt at the vet in Japan, but was very cooperative with Dr. Huston. She surprised me my telling me that Norah's condition made her curious and that she had started reaching out and learning as much as she could from specialists on the subject. Knowing that she cares and loves her job that much, and seeing her with my cats, was an experience I'll always hold other animal hospitals and vets to. In the end I have not moved forward with hip replacement for my cat- but I bought some glucosamine at her suggestion and feed my cat in a way that keeps her at the weight her hips can handle. Norah has been improving so much and even chases the other kitty around- pretty amazing for a cat with no hips and arthritis in what she has left of them! The cost for vaccination, x-ray, visit, a month supply glucosamine supplement, and kitty painkiller (very rarely used and still plenty left) was around $200, and that really is reasonable.
This is a fabulous place! I took my 2 Chinese Crested (1 - 14 1/2 yrs old and the other 7 yrs old) and my Mexican Hairless (11 yrs old) for their interview. Yes I said interview. They don't only want to meet and speak with you, but your dog must pass the Canine Camper Interview. The interview consists your dog meeting another dog the same size and then a couple dogs and then several dogs. When they introduce the dogs, they are very smart and introdue them as a dog would. They allow each to smell the others behind, all while being very controlled. Then the dogs stay and interact for 2 -3 hours or lonoger if you wish to ensure how they will do. Once the dogs pass the test, then the staff meets and they are told about each of the dogs and how they interacted, etc. It was fun watching the process on the tv and even better that the dogs were tired from their experience without being overwhelmed or intimidated. I also like that there is always a human in with the dogs in the play area. Looking forward to the kids having an overnight with them. I live approx 1 hr north of this facility and it was the only facility I felt comfortable enough to allow my dogs to be boarded at.
MY BEST FRIEND TOLD ME ABOUT THIS PLACE MY SISTER, WE HAD TO TAKE HER CAT IF 18 YEARS WHOM WAS IN KIDNEY FAILURE WE WERE TREATED WITH THE UPMOST INTELLIGENCE AND COURTSEY EVERY SINGLE TIME WE WENT THERE BY EVERYONE. I HAD TO TAKE MY CAT THERE TONIGHT. AGAIN, EVERYONE WE CAME IN CONTACT WITH FROM THE FRONT DESK, TO THE TECH (ALICE), INCLUDING THE DOCTOR (DR KRAMMER) WERE VERY NICE TO US AND OUR PET. WE WERE TREATED WITH THE UPMOST RESPECT, THEY WERE ALL VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE, INFORMATIVE, HONEST AND, MY PET WAS HANDLED WITH SO MUCH CARE, MY HUSBAND AND I WERE BOTH RELIEVED AFTER OUR VISIT THERE I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT I WAIT SO MUCH LONGER AT MY REGULAR VETS OFFICE EVERYTIME I GO THERE JUST TO GET MY PET A SHOT. THESE PEOPLE AT AVC HAD US SEATED IN A ROOM 2 MINUTES AFTER WE FILLED OUT THE NEW PATIENT PAPERS, AND WE SEEN THE TECH 2 MINUTES AFTER THAT FOLLOWED BY THE DOCTOR UNBELIVEABLE SERVICE AND THEN TO TOP IT OFF THE PRICE WAS EXTREMELY REASONABLE.... I WOULD RECOMMEND AVC TO EVERYONE WITH A PET EMERGENCY THANK YOU SO MUCH ROBIN SCHIELL AND JACK THE CAT
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.