Dos and Don’ts of Pet Boarding »
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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PLEASE READ this review. MY dog was attacked by a neighbor cat and suffered some eye scratches. It was Saturday evening and I was concerned that I should not wait until my vet could see him on Monday. I had had a very bad experience at ANOTHER 24 vet in Snohomish county and short of driving 50 miles, Pilchuck was my only choice. The reviews were terrible so I called after telling them I was coming and addressed the complaints and the tales of high prices. She told me the office visit was $90 and change. Honestly, thats maybe $20.00 more than my regular vet and I think he is pretty reasonable. Pilchuck has state of the art everything and to be viable that they have to charge for it but this was not expensive for Saturday evening at nine PM. The test I got was $38.00 instead of $28.00 from my vet. The meds I got were 25% more than my vet. So I did not think that was unreasonable at all... I got out of there with $150.00 ( inc tax) and peace of mind that Steve was OK. One notable thing is that I saw at least 5 staff in there as well as the doc I saw. Who knows who else was there. BUT I was there for more than an hour and in that time there were only three pets there ...I can promised you.. in the time frame I was there they lost money. My level of care was good..maybe even excellent. I had full confidence that Steve was being cared for correctly. All the staff was very very nice.. on the verge of being solicitous. I think they handled the matter of charges well... The OTHER 24 very clinic I went to required a $500.00 deposit on my Visa before they agreed to see my animal. So being told what my costs were up front and not paying until after my services were done was most reasonable. If I had one legit complaint it might be that the span of time seemed a little long at every step but I had no idea what else they had going on so I am going to give them grace there as well..One final word... my experience there was greatly colored by all the negative reviews. I was worried at every turn that they were going to tell me something extraordinary was wrong and they never did... so If I could have gone in there with no expectation one way or the other, I would have been even more satisfied and given them a rating of excellent. I almost feel I am unfairly rating them but I was nervous. So I hope that you read this review and take it to heart. When people complain about expense, #1.. you don't know what they think is expensive.. so give the vets grace there... and #2 realize for them to be there, when you really need them, costs a lot of money to maintain that facility. I hope this helps you feel more confident.
I am a former employee who had to leave Clearview Animal Hospital due to a move out of state. The inside scoop is that this hospital is truly a gem. The doctors really know their stuff and they will take the time to carefully listen to their clients, they also have a lot of surgery experience even with difficult cases. “In the back”, the pets are treated with the utmost respect and tenderness. The reception and support staff has a lot of very experienced personnel who really make the difference in customer support and care for the pets. Proof of this is in all the thank you cards and baked treats that clients bring in. Also the prices are beyond reasonable. Even if this place may seem to be a bit far away it is totally worth the drive. I am sorry to be leaving and wish them the very best.
Compassionate, caring, principled and reasonably priced. Who could ask for a better vet to visit. Add in a professional, caring and friendly staff and Dr. Bliven's and his staff are the best. Our dog tried to bite his last vet due to rough treatment (and lots of exams but no cure). He treats Dr. Bliven's and his staff like part of the family and loves to visit the clinic. We can't recommend Dr. Bliven any higher. He immediatly diagnosed our dogs problem, committed himself to a cure and has provided excellent care since then. Highly recommended. Doug Whipple and family.
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.