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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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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.
I have been taking my beloved pets to Caring Hearts since they bought It from Dr. Potroff. Throughout the years they have been so caring & companionate. Both Dr. Jerrie & Dr. Lusk are absolutely wonderful. Their staff is top notch & very professional. While visiting my mother out of town her husky ate rat poison. Even though it was Sunday Dr. Jerry answered her phone & walked me thru what to do for him, she saved his life long distance! When my St. Bernard Zoe had her pups they had a visiting vet & I was not particularly impressed with his skills. When I brought Zoe in for a wellness check after Dr Jerry was back from vacation she told me I should have called her personally, she would've gladly made arrangements to be there for Zoe. My St. Bermastiff Rufus is quite temperamental & doesn't care for anyone outside of our household touching him, but when Dr. Lusk comes in the room he gets so excited to see her & lets her check him over from head to tail. She's the only one that can clean his ears in a way that he actually enjoys it. Several years ago we had to euthanize our beloved Timber, the awesome staff was there for us emotionally as well as professionally. I would never trust my babies to any other Dr's. As long as their doors are open we will entrust them with the care of our babies. If you're looking for a vet clinic where the staff genuinely cares about your pet & will discuss all options available & even work with you on a payment schedule when your pets medical issues outweigh your pocketbook; then in my opinion you couldn't find a better place to take them. There are so many other instances where over the years they've gone above & beyond my expectations. Thank you Caring Hearts! Because you're there I know my babies are in the best of hands!
Our family relocated to Wichita in late 2009, we were desperate to find a good pet sitter for our Golden Retriever, Al Poochino. We wanted someone we could trust in our home and a mature Pet Sitter that would offer comfort to our anxious pet. We didn't know a soul and our new vet, Dr. Bogue, from Bogue Animal Hospital recommended Bone Sweet Bone. When I got home, I called Annie from Bone Sweet Bone and was impressed from the start. Annie was pleasant, mature, and professional. The fact that she is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured was an answer to our prayers and it added to our sense of security. After a basic phone interview, Annie arranged a Meet and Greet sessiion so she could meet Al Poochino, who is a Rescue dog and was severely abused by his previous owner. Typically, Al Poochino is stand-offish and is reluctant to warm up to strangers and is quick to race off to hide in the Master bedroon closet. Not the case with Annie from Bone Sweet Bone, she won him over from the start! Cautious initially, it wasn't long before Al Poochino crept up to snatch the yummy salmon treat that Annie brought to entice my dog. It was love at first bite!! Bone Sweet Bone is dependable and affordable. We are thrilled and relieved to know that Al Poochino is safe and cared for in our absence. Our entire family is happy now that we can finally take mini vacations or if we can't make it home for lunch to let Al Poochino out, Bone Sweet Bone is available to help us. It is my pleasure to provide Bone Sweet Bone with the highest recommendation. Give Annie a call for a Meet and Greet, you won't be disappointed. Arlene D.
Dr. Stamps and the Staff at Animal Hospital at Auburn Hill are concerned about the well being of the pets as well as the owners. They treat their pets like family and extend the same care and concern to all who walk through the doors. We started seeing Dr. Stamps with our first dog Daisy and continued when we got our second dog Murphy. He was very patient with our million questions and spoke in a way that we could understand, without talking down to us. We always appreciated being part of the conversations and treatment options. Comparing our services with friends who went to other vet offices, we paid about average around town for service, but received the best quality of care. The staff was very attentive to our busy lives, willing to squeeze us in whenever we could. Everytime we called for a question or appointment, the staff knew who we were and who our dogs were without having to ask. The service we received was very personalized, from the reminder mailings, the report cards on each visit, to the follow up phone call the next day. With Dr. Stamps and his staff, we felt like part of the family. We recently moved out of state, and I was sad to have to leave such a warm and caring place. Our pets were well taken care of and I'm not sure we will be able to find the care and service we received at Animal Hospital at Auburn Hill. We highly recommend Dr. Stamps for anyone in the Wichita area.
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.