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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.
The Vet that I had used for many years decided about a year and a half ago to sell his practice and retire. I had to make a choice of looking for a new Vet or continuing to go where I had taken my pets over the years.. I decided since all my dog's records were there, I'd give the new Vet a try, so I took my little Shih Tzu back to ELC Veterinary Clinic( which is located at 832 E. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale) and met the new Vet, Dr. Hardeep Bhakhri. My little doggie is very shy and gentle, but she was not afraid of him at all. He was quiet and gentle, but thorough with her. He showed a real rapport with and care for my pet. I appreciated that very much. I have found him to be efficient, caring and attentive. I especially appreciate the fact that they can do most tests and blood work, X-rays, etc "in-house" thereby speeding up the diagnosis and cutting costs of having to send lab work out. I recently had to go into the hospital and a neighbor took my little dog to Dr. Bhakhri to board while I was gone. She was on medication at the time and they monitored her and took excellent care of her while I was gone. Dr. Bhakhri called to see how we both were after I got home from the hospital. It is great to have an efficient, caring Vet and staff close to where I live, who not only know how to do the "medical work", but how to give our beloved pets TLC, too. And the Senior Discount is nice, too. Ginny Evans
On July 9th of 2007, I brought home two little 5 month old sister kittens. Because my former vet had given them a cursory and incomplete first physical exam, I did my homework and discovered the ELC Clinic on Fremont Ave. I talked to Dr. Bahkri himself who answered my questions, explained his exam prodedures as well as other questions I had about their care and the fees involved. Everything met with my criteria so I brought the kittens in for their physical exams, front feet declawing surgery and their required shots. All of the above procedures were done safely, efficiently and with the utmost care for their comfort and good health. I am very satisfied with Dr. Bahkri's veterinary care of my kitties and I would heartedly recommend him to my friends.
I usually don't like to reveiw the business places.But this vet impressed me to the extent I couldn't stop myself.I have a yellow lab,who has a tumour on her abdomen.I took her to a different hospital they quoted me more than $1000.00.I brought her here for a second opinion,doctor explained me the procedure and what does it involve and about the recovery time in a very professional manner.I decided to schedule the surgery with this vet,After surgery it healed so beautifully and I spent about half the ammount the other place quoted me.Highly recomended.
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.