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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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Marlene R. May 15. Last year my dog sparky was attacked by a stray pitbull. My mom took Sparky with half of his leg hanging and bleeding severely and Dr. Meza did the best for Sparky. Of course he was sympathetic and told us that it will cost to save Sparky because he needed surgery. We went through treatment and during recuperation we had to go immediately to another vet and he said Sparky needed amputation and that was his only treatment. He was trying to charge me $2,500 to do so and of course I didn't follow his treatment. Went back to Dr. Meza and within a week in boarding Sparky he was better. Compare with other vets Dr. Meza's pricing is reasonable having pets is a responsibility and if you care for your pet don't refuse treatment. Unfortunately this kind of accidents occur and I know people that have paid a lot more than us with other vets and at the end they lose their pet. My family and I love Sparky and the fact that he went back to being himself thanks to Dr.Meza. Oh and his staff was very friendly. Sparky Last year my dog sparky was attacked by a stray pitbull. My mom took Sparky with half of his leg hanging and bleeding severely and Dr. Meza did the best for Sparky. Of course he was sympathetic and told us that it will cost to save Sparky because he needed surgery. We went through treatment and during recuperation we had to go immediately to another vet and he said Sparky needed amputation and that was his only treatment. He was trying to charge me $2,500 to do so and of course I didn't follow his treatment. Went back to Dr. Meza and within a week in boarding Sparky he was better. Compare with other vets Dr. Meza's pricing is reasonable having pets is a responsibility and if you care for your pet don't refuse treatment. Unfortunately this kind of accidents occur and I know people that have paid a lot more than us with other vets and at the end they lose their pet. My family and I love Sparky and the fact that he went back to being himself thanks to Dr.Meza. Oh and his staff was very friendly.Jan 13. Dr. meza is the best vet ever...he may at first seem blunt and unemotional. but he truly cares abt the animals..He saved my little chihuahua's (smoochie) life after she seemed that she was going to die.. he really does everything possible... Very Greatful My 6 mo old chihuahua (Luke) was attacked by coyotes in my backyard during a peach-black night. He was severely injured in the neck, lungs, stomach, legs, and even got a broken tail. Dr. Meza was quick to diagnose the injuries and to treat Luke. Dr. Meza was very kind and thorough when explaining the care needed. While he showed me the x-rays, his team prepared my dog for surgery.Luke required an emergent reconstructive surgery involving his trachea, diaphragma, and several stitches around his body. The surgery lasted about 5 hours and my dog spent a week in the clinic to recover. During discharge my Dr. Meza communicated well the instructions for caring for my Luke and follow-up. The cost was very reasonable and Luke recovered very well. He is now know by the neighbors as the "Little-Super Dog" and if weren't for a barely noticeable scar no one would ever guess the Luke had fought four coyotes. I don't have enough words to thank Dr. Meza Michele P. November 18, 2010 Dr. Meza saved my "Little-Super Puppy" by fun fran He wants to help your animals in any way he can. He can be rough but he tells you like it is. I like a vet that is honest and you can trust. I took my dog two days ago to another vet and he said my dog had the flu. He did not get better and I took him to see Dr. Meza who ran several tests and it came back Parvo.(yes my dog was vaccinated for it)Thank God for Dr. Meza he is doing everything he can to save my pet. Dr. Meza is a caring vet.
Dr Stern has decades of experiences with animals. A wonderful knowledgeable doctor who charges less than average. Such an honest good man. I've been going to Dr. Stern for years and 100% satisfied with his service. He knows what's going on with my dog even without expensive testings. The staff is kind and there's no long waiting. I like that they are open on Sundays for half day. Great for me with my crazy schedule. The waiting room is s bit small, but who cares when you get the best for your 4-legged family members! His OFA exam and service is unbeatable. Costs much less than other places and without anesthetics.Makes a big difference. I will never take my dogs to any other DVM. The best Vet clinic in the Los Angeles area. I hope they'll be around for many more decades.
Dr. Meza, the principal veterinarian at the Vet Care Animal Center, is dedicated to the care and well been of domestic pets. He gives you options as the best way to treat and care for your pets and he will prepare an individualized treatment for your dog or cat. Dr. Mesa and his staff are true professionals that would go out of their way to accommodate the needs of you and your sick pets. I would recommend the clinic if you want to work with people that care about your pets and are fair and balance. They also provide grooming and boarding services.
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.