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.
I took my dog, Molly there. She is a rescue dog with special needs. She freaks out during vet visits. She shakes, she can't control her bowel movements. It is really hard to see her in this condition. She is a cocker spaniel that needs frequent grooming. I was trimming her myself, as she has extreme anxiety going to groomers. She has anti-anxiety medication, but I will not give it to her due to side effects. I saw this groomers (Wag-N-Tails) online. It had okay reviews so I decided to try. I needed her trimmed and her nails clipped. I called first. The lady that answered the phone was very nice and patient. She said they would take really good care of her and gave me an appointment. I showed up with Molly. Molly was a wreck! She was shaking horribly. It is so hard to see her like that, but I needed her nails trimmed and her hair cut. Molly was in my arms, shaking when I walked in. The lady at the counter greeted me and talked to Molly. She was so sweet. She called the groomer from the back (Sarah) and she came out. Sarah was so good with Molly. She petted her, she said what a beautiful dog she was, she reassured me everything would be fine, etc. I was very concerned that Molly would just be awful. Finally, after many reassurances from the lady at the front and Sarah, I let Molly go. Several hours later I got a call from the lady at the front counter. I immediately thought that Molly had been too hard to handle and they needed me to come her up. NO! The lady informed me that Molly had done GREAT and that she was ready to be picked up. Great?!?! I had NEVER heard those words about Molly from a groomer before. I went to pick her up. They brought her from the back and SHE LOOKED AWESOME!!! Her nails were trimmed, her hair cut was EXACTLY PERFECT!!! And the best part of all? Although that was a year ago, EVERY time I say to Molly, "Do you want to go see Sarah?" she wags her tail ready to go. She still HATES her vet, but I have found a groomer for LIFE!! Everyone there is so sweet. I was very nervous, and yet my experience was phenomenal!! And better then that, Molly had a great experience. In the end, if you are looking for a groomer who puts your dog's comfort above everything else, look no further! This place is exactly what you have been looking for!
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 LOVE Camp Bow Wow and I'm so glad that I found it. I use to take my dog to another play care, which was close to where I lived. It was ok, but I didn't really like the set up and the staff weren't what I thought was very friendly. I'd heard about Bow Wow from another friend but the location was across town from where I lived. I decided to check it out one Saturday. The first day of play care was free, because during that first day, they determine if your dog gets along/plays well with other dogs. They gave me a tour and explained how the day was set up. The dogs play in an area that allows them to be inside or outside whenever they want. This is great for those hot summer months and very cold winter days. You can drop off as early as 7am, the dogs play until lunch. They will feed them if you want, or if not, they won't. Then the dogs get nap time, because a full day of play care can tucker any dog out! You can pick up anytime in the evening before 7 pm, which is when they close. Very convenient hours for the working dog owner! You can watch your pup play all day on their dogcams, which are accessed from their website. But the number 1 reason I take my dog way across town to Camp Bow Wow is the owners and the staff. They truly love the dogs and take very good care of them- they know all the dogs names and they dogs love them! It's a great feeling when you know your dog is safe and having a blast. Boarding is awesome too. The cabins are large and they have suites too. All day play care is included in the boarding costs, which are very reasonable! They cater to your dog during the day and when you board- any special needs, just let them know and they will be taken care of. In addition, they are always involved at the local animal rescue events and have even fostered dogs at their daycare. I suggest to anyone who is looking for an awesome dog daycare to give Camp Bow Wow a try. The first day is free so what do you have to lose?
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.