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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.
Its a great place to bring your pet. I took my Lab/boxer/pit mix to Dr. Hughes when she was 8 months old(she's now 11 months). She was abused and used as a "bait dog' from her last home. She suffers of EXTREME Anxiety, got a lot of bone deformities from being abused, Severe separation anxiety. We took her in to Dr. Hughes to get her Puppy vaccines, since She was almost "adult" stage, He gave her the adult shot package(valued $68) for the price of Puppy shot package coupon that was $48. That was very nice of him. HE also recommended me to get the COMFORTIS flea pill because My Little Bianca is all white and suffers dry skin. Since i couldn't afford the pill at the time, he gave me it to sample. He also put her on Joint meds and took the time to look up all stores that sell OTC cheap, Told me to go to walgreens because they had it buy one get one free for 16.99 which was a great DEAL for 240 pills total! Dr. hughes has a big heart for animals, he stayed in our exam room for about 1hr 30mins to give her the exam, shots, talk to us about her emotional issues. He even took the time to show us ways we can massage Bianca and train her with only using our voice and "mothers Grip" technique. It was wonderful. Ive never left a vets office being so realived and He took a total of $85.00 off our bill plus another $20. from letting us use the puppy coupon for the adult puppy package shots. Im glad he gave the adult shots, because she would be going back for them again now since she's almost a year. The only downfall, is the place is a little run down...but good thing is they're starting to remodel and it DOES NOT smell like an animal place. I have such bad allergies to animals and this place DID not bother me....DONT JUDGE THE VET BY HIS OFFICE!
Dr. Adams was filling in for our regular DVM. I had never been to this office before. I had an emergency on a Sunday and this was one of the only veterinary clinics open in my area, thus why I brought my pet here. For being a walk-in, everyone was extremely kind, courteous, and quick. I expected to be in the office for hours before being seen, but I was seen within 30 minutes of entering the exam room. Dr. Adams was extremely thorough and very knowledgeable. From being a nurse, I'm pretty well versed in medical issues and I could tell that nothing that was done or ordered was unnecessary. I have seen several DVMs since my move to Tampa in 2003 and this is the only clinic that I was satisfied with, all around. My dog is very nervous around people she doesn't know, but she was very comfortable being handled by the staff at this clinic. I will continue to bring my pet here and would absolutely recommend this clinic to a friend or stranger. Even when I accidentally walked into the grooming and boarding office instead of the clinic the staff was so kind to check me in right away then direct me over to the clinic to be seen immediately. I would bring my pet here for boarding and grooming any day. It was nice to walk in unexpected and see the staff playing with the boarded animals. That is such a relief. Thank your Dr. Adams and the staff of Pebble creek Animal Hospital.
I took my cat for 16 years to Citrus Park Animal Hospital. In that period of time the all the staff were caring and knowledgeable. When my cat was diagnosed with terminal cancer on the operating table the vet Dr. Brooks gently guided me toward euthanasia with a caring and empathetic hand. He and all the staff were very caring to me and my beloved Sheba who has passed on. I have since adopted another rescue cat and made a foolish mistake of taking her to Banfield in Petsmart because of coupons. After 1 visit there, I choked up my financial loss which was quite inflated and returned to Citrus Park Hospital to receive caring and knowledgeable care. I feel confident my new furry love, a mixed Siamese that was recently diagnosed with a kidney infection, is getting the best care possible and is in loving hands. I was a fool to go any place else and will remain with Citrus Park for all my future sweet furry friends.
AS hard as it is to have to leave my four legged children behind when we have to travel, I did not have as heavy a heart when I knew they would be in excellent, loving hands staying with the Cross Creek Animal Medical crew :0) It is such a huge relief to know that my dogs are not only being well taken care of while I'm away, but it is so comforting to know that they are getting all the love and attention they truly need. Thank you, once again, Cross Creek Animal Medical Center for doing such an amazing job and being truly committed to doing it at such an exemplary level! You are all incredible people who I count as not only my vet who helps me take care of my four-legged children, but I consider you as part of my family as well! Cheers to each of you! Michele Monroe-Rowe (Maggie, Spencer, Simon, & Nacho)
We agree with the great job Dr.Hughs is doing. We brought our Rottie to Dr.Hughs for a bump on her nose and found out that it was nacardia. Dr.Hughs gave us plenty of info. about it and gave her the meds. she needed to cure this without having to go through tests that wernt nessessary. When we brought her back for the re check it was completely cleared up! While I was there I mentioned that she had thrown up earlier that morning and after doing the exam he realized that her stomach was very tender and explained to us what types of bones to give her at length! He prescribed meds. and we thank him for this because sometimes you think your doing a good thing and your not! He is always very patient and never rushes with the animals.My parents go there also and they have done a great job for them also. Tiffany
The office is great since it is under new managment and ownership. Nothing has been put in the building for so long, but they are starting to make improvments to the clinic. The staff is very helpful and considerate. I know some of the employees there and the treatment of the animals always come first. They stayed for my cat that was attacked by a dog till after 9pm to make sure she was ok. I'm sure if you are a previous employee you must be a disgruntled employee, because they have really improved the facility and are making improvements each time I go in there with my cats. Dr. Jim is just the best and has changed so much he is really a caring person. I would recomment this clinic to anyone. And they are much better with their prices than anyone around.
I have been going to Citrus Park Animal Hospital for over 8 years and I love it! All of my pets have been cared for by the staff like they were their own. The staff is so compassionate and Dr. Brooks always takes the time to explain everything to me and answer all of my questions. The prices are reasonable and I have never been asked to perform any unnecessary tests on my pets. Any time I ask they always provide me with an estimate before any procedure. I have called at the very last second before and they have always fit me in anytime I needed to get my babies seen. All of my critters are very happy and healthy thanks to them!
Loving and caring people, the building needs some cosmetics, but Dr, HUghes takes great care of my corgies and each litter of pups I have receives great care and love from the staff and the Dr, I have nothing but praise, I love this place, and I am real person and a real dog breeder not an employee like most of you will probably think, Sorry about all of your bad exoperiences, but mine have always been good, and it sure beats drive all the way to south tampa to Bayshore Clinic, nothing bad to say about them either, but they charge too much and I have to drive to far,
I am really happy with the care that my pet received. It was the first time in the 4.5 years that we've had him that we had to board him. I was very nervous that he would be scared and confused, because the last time he was in a kennel setting was when he was homeless. From what I hear, he had a good time and there were no problems. I was so happy! I also like that he could have his issues (i.e., double ear infection!)) diagnosed and treated while he was there. I will definitively continue to have Bacchus treated at Pebble Creek, and we will board there, again. Thank you!
The Doctor and Staff are all very helpful and seem truly concerned about my dogs. I'm new to the area, but quickly realized Dr. Hong is a wonderful caring person. His office is busy and not fancy, but the service is better than the expensive vets. They took the time to check my dogs, review their records, and made sure I understood everything. There was no pressure to buy expensive foods or supplements, like at my previous vet. The office visit fee was very reasonable. I'm very glad I found this office, I trust them and will definitely be a permanent customer.
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.