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9069 Holman Rd NWSeattle, WA 98117
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11536 Lake City Way NESeattle, WA 98125
Going to a veterinary emergency hospital is never easy when life or death decisions are involved. But I can't help but be grateful to the staff and…
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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I recommend this vet clinic for anyone whose pet needs immediate care. I took my cat here late at night because he was very very sick. His condition was life threatening. My financial constraints meant that the hospital stay recommended for my cat's condition was impossible for me to afford. Dr. Johnston is extremely knowledgable and still did everything possible within my limitations to give my cat the best care and a possible chance at recovery. I don't have words to express how grateful I am for what they did for my baby. After calling around and asking about cost estimates for treatment, I had realized that my pet's health condition probably meant that the only thing I could do for him would be to stop his increasing discomfort and pain. But Dr. Johnston did his absolute best to come up with a viable alternative for my cat, and in this case, it worked. Healthcare for pets in an emergency can be enormously expensive just like it can be for people. I was lucky enough to find this clinic where they were willing to work with me to come up with alternatives to the ideal (expensive) treatment. I had called every other 24 hour vet clinic in the area, and my options for my cat were almost non-existant. This was the only clinic that would work with me about treatment options. Vets have very little control over the cost of animal healthcare, and it reminded me very much of people-doctors trying to figure out how to make scripts and come up with treatment plans affordable for human patients. I want to point out that my good review is independent of the medical outcome for my boy. No matter how much we love our pets and no matter how much we are willing to sacrifice for them, sometimes we have to say good-bye and I understand that. Even if the treatment plan Dr. Johnston came up with hadn't worked I'd still feel grateful for the excellent care that he gave my little guy, and would take my other cat to see him without hesitation. But thankfully my formerly sick cat is now eating and happy and recovering. If it hadn't been for the Emerald City Emergency Clinic, my only option would have been to put him down which would have just broken my heart. I really appreciate the kindness and wonderful care my cat recieved; these people really care about the pets they see.
I was very pleased by the care given to my cat over the weekend - given a scary and overwhelming situation. The staff was professional, acted with a sense of urgency and were compassionate. The Dr's were thorough and spent a lot of time with me when I brought her in. The care involved an overnight stay, and was updated by the Dr on duty multiple times a day on her status and progress. I was told I could call whenever, everyday I did everyone was helpful and friendly. I felt like she was in good hands. For those who have never experienced an emergency vet (this was my first experience) it is not going to be at all like going to your regular vet. Here are some things to expect: -Expect long waits and for them to busy - especially evenings and weekends. They are going to be juggling, and there may be other animals who take priority (just like the ER). -This is not your regular vet, who has all your animals history. Given that, they likely may have to run a gamut of tests for them to diagnose. -You may have to continue treatment with your regular vet (just like when we go to the ER), they are there to get your animal stabilized. Not to create a long term plan and diagnosis. They will work with your vet to share test results, etc.... -It's going to be VERY expensive - kind of goes with the territory. I did notice they had options for payment plans. -You are going to see everything there, and it may be overwhelming. The night I was there, there were 5 other animals. Some were minor and some not. I was unprepared for what to expect, given I was already upset this added to it. Finally, if your vet is on the fence about hospitalizing (mine was) I would say hospitalize at your vet. Much less expensive and they know your animal. Hopefully, you will never have to go to an Emergency Vet:)
My 8 month old French Bulldog puppy started acting drunk and clumsy last night after his walk. I caught him with something in his mouth and tried to pull it out, but by the time I got in there, whatever it was was gone. Half an hour after this, at 9:30 at night, he was swaying while sitting, extremely lethargic, and acting very odd. Panicking, I found the closest emergency vet clinic from my Queen Anne home and Emerald City was it. I would of had to drive to Shoreline or farther to get help and I was not about to risk it. We were greeted promptly, and he was taken in for an exam. It took about 20 minutes and when the vet came in she gave me some possible diagnoses. She thought he had eaten something toxic and wanted to do a drug screen of his urine to confirm and give him activated charcoal and fluids. All of this was going to be about $800. Expensive, but it's an emergency clinic, the only one in the downtown Seattle area, and it was late at night so I wasn't about to argue. Turns out, he had eaten an antidepressant pill or a Valium pill during our evening walk to Kerry Park (Watch out fellow dog parents! Stupid addicts dropping their pills probably!!) He only weighs 19 pounds so this could have ended tragically. I was very pleased that I was called several times during the night and early morning with updates and that they took excellent chart notes. The even faxed the notes over to my regular vet so they had the information on file. Overall my dog and I were treated promptly and professionally, which is all I wanted. Yes this ER vet is slightly pricy, but that being said, if you love your pet you just suck it up and pay. It beats having to drive far away in order to save a buck or two. Needless to say, I am so happy I brought him here and that they took care of him so quickly.
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.