Eight Tips for Protecting Your Pet »
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
This is the first time I've felt compelled to review a practice, but I just really wanted to express my gratitude to everyone there at O'Connor Road Animal Hospital. My family and I have been taking our dogs to this particular practice for the past four years and have had nothing but good experiences and excellent care. My particular history with them involves our two current Australian Shepherds, Helo and Maia, who have been seeing Dr. Zengler (and formerly Dr. Quirk :) ) since they were puppies. We have had a very interesting couple of years. Basic wellness care, vaccinations, and spay and neutering services were all handled wonderfully- but when Maia, then two-years-old, started having trouble getting up, I knew something was wrong. After ruling out hip dysplasia with x-rays and trying various other pain management treatments, Dr. Quirk referred us out to VREC for a consultation, and I found out Maia had torn her back ACL. The surgery was going to cost me an arm and a leg, and at VREC they wanted it all up front, but at two I was unwilling to put her down. She's my baby. It seemed unthinkable, but there was no way I could afford the entire thing all at once. I called O'Connor Road, and sure enough they had a doctor who could come in and do the needed surgery there, and they were able to work out a feasible payment plan with me. The surgery went well, the follow up care was amazing with the entire crew there (staff, techs, vets :) ), and Maia is now back to running around with her brother, currently on a mission to shed some pounds, and finally learning to catch a frisbee! During the entire ordeal I know I was an emotional mess, but they helped me through and I am so incredibly grateful. I've never met the office staff, but I want to extend a huge thank you for the payment plan. You gave me the option to save my dog. I won't ever forget that. :) Dr. Zengler is my current vet. She is knowledgeable and kind and both of my dogs love her. All of the doctors I've met there have been very good though if we couldn't get in to see Dr. Zengler. I've always felt very secure knowing that my dogs would get excellent care at O'Connor Road. The staff is compassionate and helpful. It may take a few minutes to get through on the phones, but it is a very busy practice (which speaks volumes- so many people trust their pets to the doctors here) and it is well worth the wait. It's very easy to get appointments and refills on medications. Mostly, I just want to say thank you. This practice is amazing and I will continue to refer friends over. :)
I have only been here one time (last week). But it was so refreshing, I have been looking for a nice place to bring my cats when I noticed this clinic (which was right around the corner from me). I called to make an appointment, and I was greeted nicely and they set me up to see Dr. Hey at my convenience. Everything went smoothly. The receptionist were very nice, helped me fill out all the necessary paper work. They called to remind me of my appointment the day before, they even reminded me to bring in any important medical information or vaccination history (which I would have totally not have brought). Dr. Hey was very prompt with his scheduled time. I think I had talked with him personally the entire 30 minute appointment. I had arrived a little early and a technician had checked me in. I was very impressed with how knowledgable the technician was. He made sure I knew what we were doing today (a check up and vaccines). He then asked if I was only any kind of flea or heartworm control. Well little did I realize that cats could get heartworms too!!! (It may be obvious to some... but not for me!) He explained that there was a prevention that not only protected my cats from fleas, but from heartworm too. He even gave me a pamphlet on it, BUT he explained Everything!!! Needless to say I got that prevention (mosquito season is coming up and they are the ones who transfer heartworms to our pets). Next Dr. Hey came in. He review my cats long medical history. Asked some follow up questions and gave me a list of options that he would recommend based on what he saw in my cats history, but were not necessary. He then thoroughly examined my cat. He checked the tips of the ears down to the tip of his tail. He told me that my cat looked great and then vaccinated him right in front of me. He answered all of my questions, he explained everything to me. He made me feel very confident that my animal was in good hands. I would recommend this hospital to everyone!!!
I feel everyone can learn from a review negative or positive. Once in awhile you read something that is completely off base however. In the case of the review dated 5/26/2009 "Wouldn't you want to know" it was spelled misspelled "Woldnt" I feel it necessary to respond. I am the current office manager at Ellison Drive Animal Hospital and I have felt very proud of the ethics, professionalism and manner in which Dr. Lori Curd and Relief Doctors and the entire staff treat their clients and patients. I have found us to go beyond the call of duty when it comes to trying to prepare for the difficult part of treatment for their pets, that being the financial part. We prepare estimates and do our very best to tell them everything that can be eliminated if needed, starting with the best course of treatment first, then reduce by the client's availability or limitations of funds. We offer care credit, we prioritize and make every effort to do what is best for the client and their pet. It is important to write this so that potential customers reading this will understand the source. I looked back at the date and the pet's name and it coincides with emotional termination of a prior employee. We realize that this was posted many months ago and unfortunately was just brought to my attention. FYI: We have asked that the person involved be notified through the "report abuse" option on the posting. We have ask her to do the right thing and remove the review. We really hope that you will take the time to come in and find out for yourself. Dr. Curd is passionate about helping you to take care of your pet and provide the best possible care.
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.