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Get ready for back to school while you have the time to do it. From shopping and haircuts to dentists and auto repairs.
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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.
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It is with a happy heart that I write of my wonderful experience with Foundation Financial Group during a recent refinancing of my mortgage. And, primarily, my satisfaction and joy was dealing with your very competent employees: Lauren Hill and Susannah Ruby. From the very first phone call, Lauren presented herself as an exceptional professional with seasoned interpersonal skills. I had actually been working with another company when I received Lauren's phone call from Foundation Financial Group. I had dealt with and ignored many calls from lending institutions in the several days since I had applied on-line and was satisfied with the proposal that I had been granted. But, Lauren's manner was immediately attractive and she was determined that she could make me a better offer. The more I spoke with her, the more I realized how much more thorough and knowledgeable she was than the company than I was already working with. Lauren and Susannah spent countless hours on my refinance and often worked well into the evening. It was not unusual to receive emails and phone calls at 7:30 in the evening. I was particularly touched by the very personal way that they handled a family crisis during the refinance period. My elderly mother was in the hospital out of state and I needed to be there. There were many documents that your office needed from me in order to continue the process. I had no choice but to abandon my end of things and go to GA to care for my mom. Lauren and Susannah were genuinely compassionate and encouraging about the situations. I have no doubt that this interruption caused hardships on the time-line that they were working with, but they both handled it so gracefully and with genuine concern for my family. The most pleasant part of the work was actually forging a relationship with these two young women. Putting your finances in the hands of someone whom you've never met could be a daunting process, but Lauren continued to educate me at every turn. She was always contrasting how Foundation Financial Group does the process and emphasizing the thoroughness that each client receives as opposed to some other companies. She completely put me at ease with my questions and answered them in a way that a "lay" person could understand. Certainly one expects a strong understanding of the financial endeavors that she is engaged in, but Lauren offered so much more. She was efficient and smart but also so very human and fun. I particularly enjoy conversation and often we shared part of our personal lives. It was just so easy to relax and know that she was truly motivated to get the best plan for me that she could. My expectations of the refinance were exceeded and in a time-line far quicker than I though possible. I spoke with Susannah less but again, was so very impressed with her abilities. She had a delightful sense of humor and it was so fun to relate on a personal level that went beyond the "basics" of transferring information. I think she and Lauren have a synergy between them that would put anyone with a financial need at ease. Thank you very kindly for such a stress free experience. It was amazing to have the notary even come to my house for the signing of the multitude of papers instead of my going to her. Also, the appraisal team that you selected for the area was equally competent and personable. ALL the way around, from the first phone call to Lauren's very kind personal note of appreciation at the end of the work, Foundation Financial Group impressed me on the highest level. I will gladly refer anyone that I may to do business with you.
My family and I were traveling home to from south Georgia with our 3 K-9 children when the youngest, our little Pippa, seemed to start choking. This continued off and on for a few miles at which time we decided we could not wait until we got back home (40 miles north of Atlanta) to have her evaluated. So...I googled on my phone for a nearby Animal Hospital. While several hospitals resulted in the search, I chose Red Oak Animal Hospital. We arrived there about 10 minutes after my google search. As I walked through the front door I was greeted by a kind gentleman who turned out to be Dr. Ronald Tolbert. I explained our situation at which time he took little Pippa and quickly began evaluating her. He was so kind, gentle and loving to her - I knew she was in good hands. I was very relieved! He thoroughly examined and treated her and found nothing to be concerned about - only mucas in her throat. He even suggested we hang around for a few minutes to see if she had any more problems. She didn't have any more choking episodes, only coughing so he decided to give her an injection to help her with the coughing. She hasn't had any more problems since - thank God! I would highly recommend Dr. Tolbert and Red Oak Animal Hospital to anyone living ,or traveling in and around the College Park area. One more thing.... I know that what I'm about to tell you won't happen everyday because he couldn't stay in business if it did, but I was absolutely and completely caught off-guard by this man's kindness. I had asked for him to please write down what he had given my little girl and he told me would print it out for me so that I could give it to her doctor. As I pulled out my wallet to pay him he handed me an invoice that had the meds he had given her on it ,but to my surprise it had a zero balance. I tried to pay him but he said something about "a coke and a smile" and just told us to do something nice for someone else. Folks, this is unheard of in the greedy world that we live in today, but this actually happened! And then, about a month later I just had to send him a thank you note. To my surprise again, a week or so later I received a full, one page "hand written" letter from Dr. Tolbert just telling me how my kind words reminded him of why he became a veterinarian. Thank you again Dr. Tolbert....you are one of a kind!
I have been going to Dr. Asaf for years and love him dearly. He is so easy to talk to. He has kept my medications at a level where I able to deal with life on Life's terms without freaking out. I am moving to Baton Rogue, LA this weekend and I will truly miss him. I have recently encountered my first problem with his office. My insurance now requires that all medications are RX Home Delivery. This program send you a three months supply for the cost of two months. If the prescriptions are not written just right, they will ship you a 30 supply for the same cost of a 90 day supply. I am relocating to another city due to unemployment and my disability due to a recent surgery. So needless to say I am watching my pennies very closely. His assistant that handles prescription refills, Christy, has corrected this problems for all my prescriptions but two. I have left Christy so many messages relating to this problem with two of my medications I have loss count. Christy has not corrected the problem with these medication nor taken the time to call me and explain why. I was also advise my AETNA RX Delivery that she has not responded to their calls either. I am now leaving town with a lot of anxiety, which is what Dr Asaf is treating me for, about my prescriptions. This shouldn't be happening but she has not returned my call or taken the time to correct this. She did tell one the receptionists that she called and left me message....WRONG!! I have checked my phone records with T-Mobile and she has never called my phone number.
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.