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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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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I had a pit bull who swallowed a piece of a toy. I took my dog to my usual animal clinic where they told me it would cost me $5000 or more for the surgery and follow up visits were not included. They wouldn't do anything to help my dog who was in severe pain and could not eat let alone keep water down the toy was logged in between his stomach and intestine. He also had infection setting into his liver. Brighton and eggert animal clinic(my usual vet)refused to help my dog unless I put a $2500 down payment. I had to take my hurting dog home until I could come up with the money. I called Doctor Anderson and he had me bring my dog in the same day took one look at the dog canceled his appointments for the rest of the day rushed my dog immediately into surgery, kept the dog under his care for 4 days, updated him on his vaccinations, signed him up for pet insurance and follow up visits were all included for a quarter of the amount my usual vet charged.I was turned away by Brighton eggert animal clinic because I could not give them a down payment of $2500 after already paying 500 for nothing. My dog would of died had I not took him to Anderson inner city hospital. Does anybody look at how many charges the spca has been brought up on for animal cruelty?Dr. Anderson is not about the money! People let 2 incidents define his service of 45years. What about the people who carelessly let those dogs get to that point and dumped them like trash. He will always get five stars from me because You guys only know what you read I speak from experience, and if I took a gamble I'll do it again and again because he's worth it.
I've been a client here for more than 13 years. My first 2 cats lived to be 22 and 23 years old because Dr. L diagnosed them accurately after another vet, who had been treating them for 2 years, based on his incorrect diagnosis, almost killed them! Within 4 days of our first appt with Dr. Labuszewski she had their test results back from Cornell and had them on a treatment program which got them back to health. I currently have 2 pure breed, AKC, show quality Golden Retreivers and 2 stray cats who adopted us! I'm always amazed at how Dr. Labuszewski can pin point my pets problem and treat it effectively. She is extreemly dedicated to her work. She is continually taking classes to stay current with the newest medicines and techniques. She always has great advice on keeping my pets healthy and is an advocate for the animal. What I like best is she always gives me choices. She puts all the treatment options on the table along with the associated costs, explains them and then lets me decide on which treatment is best for my animal. Her staff is just as dedicated as she is to making sure my pets get the best medical care possible. My animals health and longevity speak for themselves. My pets health is priority #1 at this Veterinary Hospital.
The news lied on Dr Anderson and gave a very brief apology for their lie on the news the following week. Dr Anderson was not in his office at the time of these incidents, only his janitor and secretary who at the time notified the SPCA, that did not respond. This mans 45 years of experience and low rates are causing the vet industry to play these types of games for business. Evil world. This man has come to my home in Lewiston several times to administer meds to my ill dog that was not able to make it to his office. No charge to me for this house visit . I have been with this vet for 13 years. When he had to put my dog to sleep, He was more upset than I. The news and the SPCA passed the buck on this one, and you all fell for it. So continue to be robbed and treated by less experienced vets. I will continue with top quality, care and pricing with Dr. Anderson as my Vet. The people of BFLO and the surronding areas will always support Dr Anderson. because they know the man that he is. Go to your vet without enough money and see if YOU get service for your precious little FEE FEE.
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.