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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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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.
First off, both my husband and I deal with the public in “heping professions” and know from experience that no matter how competent and professional one tries to be, there are always angry people looking to spread hostility-and those are the ones who complain the loudest. Secondly, we are both in the medical profession, and deal with emergencies on a regular basis. That said, when our newly adopted, 6 lb, scruffy, stray dog began seizing after eating snail poison we knew he was going to DIE if he did not get the best emergency attention immediately. It was 10pm, and our only option-we thought- was to go to a 24 hour animal hospital that we had prior experience with and were not impressed with. Our neighbor offered to call Dr Ron Resnick -of Dr Ron’s animal Hospital in Simi Valley. He was planning to open a 24 hour hospital in the near future, and so we agreed to impose on him at home, as he is also our regular vet. Upon hearing our dog’s symptoms he simply said “ meet me at the hospital now” and with in 5 minutes he was there, in tennis clothes -unlocking the office, turning on lights and single-handedly beginning full resuscitation efforts on our beloved pet. My husband, children and I witnessed a true expert at work- This Dr knew his business and carried it out right in front of us! ( Many Doctors will NEVER let themselves be watched under stressful situations- and with myself and my children sobbing, I give him extra points for staying cool!!) My husband and I both have decades of experience working with emergency room doctors, and know a good one when we see one! Due to Dr Ron’s expert emergency care our little guy did survive...and is a healthy thriving member of our family today! I have read the negative reviews of Dr Ron’s animal hospital and I will only suggest that a pet owner “consider the source” of the reviews- Does the writer seem like a disgruntled person who has problems paying bills? Or somebody who gets annoyed with staff? Or does the reviewer seem to have credibility, and be speaking about the skill of the doctor. Personally, I don’t need my vet to be my friend, I just want him to be excellent at taking care of my animals in a crisis situation- and Dr Ron demonstrated that to us clearly.
I have 2 chihuahuas. One I adopted and he had the worst smelling breath ever. I took him to Dr Ron for a cleaning, and upon examination it was found that he had a couple abcessed teeth. One day I was playing tug-a war with him and a tooth just fell out. Dr Ron not only cleaned his teeth but extracted the nasty ones and all for a very reasonable fee. Now , my dog is happy because his mouth doesn't hurt anymore and I'm very happy because we don't have to smell that fetid breath anymore. My other dog was on his leash at the park and some dopey kid on a bike wasn't wathchin where he was going and he ran over the leash. My 8 pound dog cried out and limped the rest of the way home. I didn't realize it at the time but he had dislocated his knee caps. Took him to Dr Ron and he asked an ortho specialist to help in surgery. They took him to surgery and after his recuperation his left rear leg is perfect. Now I will probably taken him to have the right rear leg done and I'm totally confident that my dog will run again. And once again Dr Ron did it all for a very nominal fee. I think he's the best. Also I went to adopt a dog about 5 yrs ago at Pet Co. And the nasty woman that was in charge there wouldn't let me adopt a dog bacause I put Dr Ron as my vet. That's really something isn't it! I think that some these vicious comments could be coming from her and she should be sued for slander and fired. She sure doesn't help dogs find homes!!! KG
I worked for Dr. Ron for 10 years and know first hand that every animal and owner that came in to his hospital was treated more than fairly and even if the owners were irresponsible and didn't want to spend any $ on their animal, the pets were always cared for in the best possible way. Unfortunately, most people think animal care should be free and don't treat their pets like family, so they fight medical staff and vets every step of the way. Many rescue nuts become pet collectors and believe they are the only one's that can care for animals. They are typically mentally ill and in need of medical treatment. When they don't get their way they spend their time making false accusations and writing ridiculous reviews about Dr's who did not give them whatever they wanted when they demanded it. All of my friends and family's pets are patients of Dr. Ron's and we would never trust anyone else. To this day he is the only Dr that was capable of healing my poodles stomach even after a specialist left me broke and without a solution.
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.