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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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The love of my life LOLA was very ill in April and May. I had been to several other practices here in Albuquerque. One practice lost Lola's labs, and had no record of my appointment or of Lola's visit. As Lola became sicker and stopped eating, playing with her ball and stopped greeting me with kisses and her howel of WELCOME, I became very concerned. My family took Lola to her appointment to the "other" vet where the staff were rude and the owner stated Lola might have cancer and that it was too late, but gave her medicine without clinical cause. After several appointments and not hearing back from the vet, Lola getting sicker and sicker, I panicked. Lola became so sick she was incontinent which she has never been. I called St. Francis at 10:00AM on a Saturday and was seen by Dr. Lee, DMV by 10:30 AM. I have to say the recieptionist was caring, pleasant and communicated my every question to Dr. Lee and was so very reasuring. When we got to the office, I could sense a calmness and in my mind if Lola was going to pass, I would feel I had done the best I could for my dearest friend and love of my life. Gladly, Lola has improved, her energy level is almost back to normal. I am once again receiving Howel greetings from Lola with even more jubilation then before. Be aware that as with people medicine, medical records are to be kept regarding our pets health. When a Vet looses blood labs as in our case, your special furry friend is not recieving the best care and without you there as their advocate you could loose your pet. I will continue to go to St. Francis and know that Lola will be treated with the dignity and respect every pet deserves.
I saw some of these posts when I googled the number for this vet so I've come back after my visit with my own take. This was not my regular vet but my vet was not able to work around my schedule when my cat had diarrhea so I called here at a co-worker's suggestion and they told me it was even a more reasonably priced vet as well, that part I cannot speak to as my bill was over $300, but I have no way to compare the services there vs. somewhere else regarding costs as I had never had these tests done before, this medicine administered, etc.. However, my cat is one of those cats, the kind that isn't just scared when they go to the vet, she literally loses her mind, she is virtually impossible to examine. She screams, she bites, she scratches, she flips backwards, anything you can think of, just completely unmanageable and I have to say this vet and her staff could not have been more patient, gentle and kind to my cat even though she was literally eating them alive. She is always bad when she goes but she has never had things this invasive done and I suspect most vets would have asked me to leave and tell my they just can't treat her, but not here. This will be my new regular vet. I've never been so impressed. It
I initially used this clinic when I had to put down my last dog, as her vet had just retired. They empathetically answered all of my questions and assured me I was making the right choice for my 16 year old dog who was in a lot of pain. I was so surprised to receive a handwritten condolence card from them, the person who wrote it obviously remembered my dog and I was really touched by it. After receiving that card I knew I would take my next puppy there, which I did. I got my puppy from animal control, and he had stomach parasites when I got him. When I called to enquirer about it they were so patient with all of my questions and really took the time to answer them thoroughly. Although they didn't have an appt that day they had me bring a stool sample and gave medications right away, so he didn't have to suffer until they did have an appt. He's had several appts there since for his puppy boosters, and they have always taken the extra time to explain things for me and answer my questions. I've always been pleased with the service there.
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.