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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 will be forever grateful to this vet ER. the entire staff is absolutely wonderful. My kitty was very sick and here for 3 or so days. Her vitals lo…
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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Metro Vet is a locally owned and operated animal hospital that treats your pets like the family members they are, providing them with compassionate care. Just like you wouldn't drop Granny off at a nursing home where you don't trust the staff, you also need to have confidence in the Doctor you trust to provide your animal's care. Here, they have generous office hours during the week, and even offer some weekend hours. The Technicians and support staff are very helpful both in person and on the phone, I have never been left wanting more answers after a visit or waiting long for my call to be returned if I leave them a message outside of business hours about a concern. Integrity is the hallmark here, great personalized care for your pets, more face time with doctors than you expect, who both take the time to explain and listen to your concerns. I probably shouldn't admit that I feel we should all be paying more for this specialized care. I am quite sure the choices made for my pet here are in its best interest, and not because it is the most expedient/cheapest/easiest approach. The attention to detail and committment to going the extra mile for every creature that walks, crawls or slithers in sets this place apart. You'll know within moments of arriving that you've made a great choice.
Fantastic Vet, would reccomend to anyone. My cat needed a great deal of dentistry, and Dr. Warren did an amazing job. With the accompanying blood scan, she properly diagnosed hyperthyroidism, and prescribed the right course of treatment to save the cat's life. Doctor Warren is a no nonsense practitioner who tells it how it is, and helps you understand your options. Her surgical skills have extended the life of more than one of my cherished cats, and when she takes on a patient, she invests her skills, time, energy and heart into the healing process. Even if the news is not good, perhaps especially when it is most bleak, this kind Doctor cares for the patient and their greiving family. Doctor Warren has built a clinic that is staffed with caring and quality employees, and has added another Doctor to her practice. Doctor Gray, who in my experience is also giving of her time and energy. It is clear Doctor Warren has personally chosen each element of her practice down to the finest details with the utmost care, and the sum total is a placid and positive environment conducive for reducing stress and promoting healing in your animals..
My experience with VCA has been amazing from day 1! We brought our 7 month old kitty Somoa in after a botched fracture repair from another vet and Dr. Saylor at VCA recognized the problem right away and was so kind and helpful & I could tell she genuinly cared about Somoa's well being (and mine! I was such a mess!) she made sure Somoa was comfortable and got her in for surgery the next day & kept her there until she was certain she was ok. The whole staff at VCA has been SO accommodating and understanding of our situation! Two surgeries in one week is a lot for a pet owner and even more for a little cat! From the minute Dr Saylor and VCA took charge of Somoa's care she has been recovering quickly, they made sure she was and not in any pain and they were so amazing answering all my questions and concerns in the days following- i must have called 20 times!. They even helped me contact the other vet to get that issue resolved. They REALLY care about the animals they treat at VCA and I will never go anywhere else! I am so happy and appreciative of their excellent service and accommodation of my financial situation. Best clinic ever!
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.