Eight Tips for Protecting Your Pet »
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.
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.
I have 3 small dogs that I have been taking to County Line Animal Hospital since I moved to Florida in 2009. Recently, I took two of my girls there, Lexi and Tess. Lexi had her annual checkup, vaccines, blood test, etc. In addition, I picked up a month supply of Comfortis for all three girls. The main purpose of bringing Tess was to see if the vet thought it would be ok for Tess to be spade, considering her age. He told me it wouldn't be a problem. I also asked if a little bump on her back was a tick. He said it wasn't, that it was a harmless mole. I scheduled Tess for her operation that will be performed later this month. I was charged $184.00 which I paid and left. This past weekend, 9/7/13, I was thinking about the visit and thought the cost seemed a little high. After looking more closely at the bill, I realized that I was charged $41.00 for an OFFICE VISIT/PHYSICAL EXAM for Tess. I called and spoke with Gary. He told me I was charged $41.00 for the vet to look at the mole. WOW!!! It seems to me that he should have performed the COMPLETE PHYSICAL EXAM for which I was charged $41.00. I suspect that would have included, telling me that Tess didn't have a tick. Look folks, as far as I'm concerned this is a TOTAL rip off. The main purpose was Lexi's annual and to ask the vet about Tess regarding spading. If they are going to charge for a PHYSICAL EXAM they should do one. Isn't there a law or something about truth in charge disclosure....You know like the vet saying... If I tell you what that little bump is, it will cost $41.00 dollars... And, if there is nothing in the law about disclosing truth in charges, how about a little, oh geeeeezzzzz, I don't know... CUSTOMER COURTESY. I know these vets are worth it, but $41.00 cost a working stiff, making minimum wage of $7.79, over 5 hours of work to pay for. Finally, I do want to commend the vets and technicians that work there. They are all very professional. I suspect that Gary, the jack of all trades guy, gets most all of the customer arrows and has become somewhat hardened (customers can be wrong contrary to popular belief) but that doesn't mean that you folks are never wrong and charging me $41.00 and not getting at least a physical exam is one of those times. Remember, 90 percent of the time businesses don't know why they lose customers. Be happy when someone complains. It can only serve to make you do a better job, if that is something that interests you.
I have been taking my dogs to this vetenarian clinic for over 8 years and have been extremely pleased with the staff, the service, and especially the doctors. I love the way the doctors take the time to know each and every one of their clients and the clients pets personally, making them all feel important (which is the way it should be). What a nice change from other clinics who are just there to make a buck and really don't care. My dogs were made to feel very comfortable and that says a lot when it comes to one of my dogs b/c they hate going to the vet but here its not that bad for her at all. It also puts me at ease knowing that my dogs, who are a huge part of my family, are going to be treated with the utmost care. I also wanted to mention that on one occassion I didn't have the money to pay the bill so the clinic held a check for me for about 1 week until I had the money in my account. I wouldn't have been able to give my pets the proper care they needed if the clinic wasn't able to do that for me so I really appreciate the incredible customer service they provided and continue to. Thank you Hernando Animal Hospital for all that you do. Animal Lover Amy
I called Dr. Mignemi on an emergency basis. My American Bulldog was so sick I couldnt even attempt to put him into my car. He was sick and in so much pain I prepared myself all day that I might have to end up putting him to sleep just because I couldnt bare to see him suffer. He had been going to another vet off Deltona Blvd in Spring Hill for years and was misdiagnosed apparently; he never had relief. Dr. Mignemi came inside my house, and almost instantly knew what was wrong with Buster and how to treat him. Her and her assistant David got down on my floor and compassionately cared for and treated my baby. They are both very experienced and knowledgeable. They took their time and gave Buster comfort. For that I will definitely always use them for our pets needs big or small and I will always be grateful! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Karis Diaz-Spring Hill, FL
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.