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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
6005 Carolina Beach RdWilmington, NC 28412
From Business: Myrtle Grove Animal Hospital has been a goal and dream of Dr.'s Christian and Debbie Bolz since they met during veterinary school in 1997. They love living in Wilmi…
6324 Oleander DrWilmington, NC 28403
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff of…
4605 Wrightsville AveWilmington, NC 28403
DR. HIGHSMITH AND ALL OF HIS STAFF ARE THE VERY BEST AT WHAT THEY DO !!! MY DOG AND I ALWAYS FEEL MOST WELCOME AND CARED FOR, LIKE FAMILY !! MY LITT…
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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I meet Dr Resnick while at his former hospital, he came recommended to me by a friend when I was looking for a second opinion on my dogs cancer diagnoses. Dr Resnick immediately went above and beyond for my boy by meeting him outside in the parking lot first, since he had a fear of vets ( more then the normal). Dr Resnick made me feel hopeful but realistic on the facts of my dogs diagnoses. He made sure to explain everything so that I understood and truly made him self available to me at all times throughout the treatment. He managed to make the impossible - possible, every step of the way. During the course of my dogs cancer treatment Dr Resnick relocated to PNVH, during the transition Dr. Rebecca stepped in to help with his treatments. My boy was a big goofy 13 year old pit bull who hated, literally did not like being in any vets office, but she didn't hesitate to take him by the leash and walk him right into a room to do his follow up and bandage care. She was awesome in stepping into a mid cancer treatment with a somewhat sketchy dog! A year after my boy finally lost his battle with cancer, with much love and support from PNVH, I took my new baby girl right back to PNVH. Followed a few months later by another new family member. She needed a baby brother! So I obviously have a great deal of trust, respect and love for Dr Matt and Dr Rebecca. I have seen Dr Stan for walk in sick call visit and he was just as wonderful. The support staff including all the front desk team members ( Teri you are amazing and my baby girl went from shy coward to running from the car to your desk, she obviously loves you!) and the Vet techs are truly a great group of people. I mean how often are you greeted by a vet tech singing a song with your dogs name in it?! There aren't enough stars for all the stars at PNVH! Thank you all for all you do!!
If you're in the Wilmington area in NC, & looking for a Caring & Loving Vet for your Pet " Leonard-Sykes Hospital for Pets" is the BEST choice! "Dr. Sykes, Dr. Kerr & Dr. K" & ALL Staffs are the far most RELIABLE Experts for the job! Everyone always Welcomes You! The Staffs are "SUPER PLEASENT, KIND & FRIENDLY!" SO are the Vets! They put it out there that your pet is their #1 priority by thier ACTIONS! And they'll stand by your side every step of the way "BELIEVE ME" I've seen it & they've been there for us!! They've been so "GOOD & WONDERFUL" to my Our Kids "Bella, Sweetpea & Buddy" they are AMAZING Vets & Staffs very TRUST WORTHY! As much pets that goes there, they ALWAYS remember their names & thats a PLUS! Our kids wouldn't have passed Hawaii's rules & regulations if it wasn't for everyones team work there. Our kids Love's them & so does my husband & I. We apperciate their dedication towards Us & others! Needless to say the prices are SUPER AFFORDABLE! *I wish they all moved with Us to Hawaii* Thank-you everyone at Leonard-Sykes! You are Missed :-(
In response to the review dated 10-18-2012, there must be clarification concerning this review. We did perform veterinary services for their family pet including other veterinary services along with dental cleaning. Their family pet was released to the owner following the veterinary services in good faith. Days following the family pet's visit, her daughter was traveling in their car with their family pet. Their daughter's car was struck by another car resulting in the family pet hitting her mouth along the dashboard. She informed us that her family pet was involved in an auto accident. She sought veterinary emergency care at a nearby veterinary hospital. Her injuries, very unfortunate, occured from the trauma as a direct result of the motor vehicle accident. We wish their family pet the best for a quick recovery.
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.