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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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I never post reviews online however when I read an earlier, defamatory review of Dr. Shannon Kesting I felt I needed to step up to defend her. My experience with Dr. Kesting began years ago when I brought my aging German Sheppard in to be seen at PetER. She was obviously very knowledgeable, and fortunately for me very patient as I am one of those people that requires a lot of information. She took the time to explain everything in a way that I could comprehend as a lay person in a heightened state of anxiety. But every bit as important as that is the fact that she was (and always is) exceedingly kind, empathetic and warm. I was thrilled when she opened her own practice regardless of it being across town from me, and over the years I have entrusted all of my pets into her care. When my Great Pyrenees, Ally was nearing the end, seemingly overnight she could not bear to be moved. It broke my heart to think that I would have to put her through so much pain and fear to get her to Chester Valley just to say goodbye. I called Dr. Kesting and par for the course she came through for me. That evening she showed up at my house and allowed Ally’s last moments to be surrounded by her loved ones in the comfort and familiarity of her home. Shannon was there with hugs and understanding in our time of sorrow. Most recently our newest addition, a very active puppy, ran under our deck and came out with a badly bleeding foot. My daughter called me at work after she realized the bleeding was not going to stop. I rushed her to Chester valley, while phoning to say I was on the way. Even though it was evening and they were closing up shop they assured me they would stay. The minute I entered everyone sprang into action and started to take care of my frantic situation. Apparently she had stepped on a small nail that had punctured an artery. Dr. Kesting calmly took control, immediately got her into surgery and saved her little life. Now she is as good as new and terrorizing us in puppy fashion. I could go on about my eldest daughters bulldog with the skin condition or the fact that Dr. Kesting saved a one eyed kitten that was found in a dumpster by taking her in to her own home or the other animals that have been given food, shelter and love to reside at the clinic rather than meet an untimely end due to her kindness. I consider myself very lucky to know her and find comfort in the fact that she will be there when I inevitably need her again.
The doctors and staff here are the best in town. So loving and caring about you and your pet. My parent's and I both have been going to them for years, regardless of the distance between our homes and their location. They are so worth the extra miles because THEY go the extra mile for our beloved four legged family members. Every time I've gone in, they greet me with a warm smile, always remembering my name and my pet's name(s). I feel like I'm talking to family when I'm there. Besides all all that, the doctors know what they're doing. They take the time to explain things to me when I need it. Even when they're backed up with clients, they still take their time and give me 100%. They may have a small staff, but they have the biggest hearts you'll ever find in veterinary care. If you want to give your pet the best care in town - go see the crew at Hillside...you won't be sorry.
As a life long Alaskan and a pet owner for over 45 years, I can not say enough good things about the amazing Dr. Kesting and her staff. Dr. K saved our sweet cats life when all other vets said that we should put her to sleep. We were blessed with 3 more years with our happy and healthy cat. Dr. Kestings kindness and willingness to go the extra mile for our cat truly sets her apart from all other vets in Anchorage. Dr. K and her team followed up with us on a regular basis to make sure that we understood what needed to be done after the life saving surgery as well as continued to follow up when our cat was well. We now have a new addition to our family in a 10 month old cat ~ Chester Valley is our vet of choice and I would never consider taking our family anywhere else.
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.