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From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
I can't hardly type the emotion of feeling like your among Angels. My miniature schnauzer was rescued by me in 2012. His previous owner was sweet, but due to loss she was unable to care for him. In turn her family sought a new owner to care for him the way she knew he deserved. I regret to say he was taken to a vet 2 days later, and tested positive for Lyme Disease. Thus majorly compromising his immune and digestive system. This entails frequent trips to the vet, or if it's after hours an ER. I had been going horribly wrong taking him to CH road ER... HORRIBLE. How dose a vet that owns that very same breed misdiagnose (imo), prescribe contra indicated meds for his health history, & not give discharge instruction ( be it vet or tech). Did I mention we waited 41/2 hours to be seen. that was not the only despicable visit to ERWAN2BE. although it was my last. Therefore, I was reluctant to take him anywhere but his primary. On Sunday night at 9:30 we had no choice considering his condition. There is a measurable increase in the way he received care at VCA. Not that I put a price on his life, but the final cost was far less than ERWAN2BE. Worth my time and dime! I even switched to them for his primary care. The other doesn't offer that option. His case, and records are better under one umbrella of ethical people that really do care. Perhaps you should take some advice from an pet parent/ furbaby advocate. When it's critical, or a yearly this VCA without prejudice and hostility saved my little family. I recommend them to people in and outside of the city.
I cannot praise this place enough. I have worked as a vet tech in a previous job and have had experiences at numerous facilities here in Pittsburgh and Greentree Animal Clinic blows them all out of the water. Key things that you should note about this place: * They do not over charge * They only recommend services/things that they genuinely believe will help your pet, not their bottom line and they do not pressure you in any way * They are respectful and genuine to you and your pet which is hard to come by nowadays * Everyone there is patient and understanding. No condescension or poor attitudes, just positive energy all around. * They have an online pet portal so you can track your pet's vaccinations/appointments and care. * Dr Brown goes above and beyond any vet I've ever met. He has shown so much care, professionalism, kindness and knowledge that I will gladly refer anyone with a pet to him because I know they will be in good hands and his fellow vets (Dr Reuther, Dr Kelly, and Dr Mann) are just as phenomenal. Thankyou Greentree Animal Clinic for setting the bar where it should be for all Veterinary Care Facilities.
I have to write to say that the experience I had at the VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital was very caring and professional. My cat became seriously ill over a period of a few days. He was old and it was clear that he was suffering. They quickly assessed the problem and gave me the options of very expensive treatment that they would be willing to do, or make him comfortable and put him down. Given the long-term problems that might continue even after the initial treatments, it was decided that my beloved cat needed to stop suffering. They were so kind and caring. I was with him when he passed and it was merciful and painless. He is now chasing butterflies in heaven, pain free. No one is ever "ok" with this kind of outcome, but professionals need to understand and help to ease the process. They did that. Thank you, VCA.
I struggled with my Lab's intestinal issues for over a year - he was okay for weeks and then suffer diarrhea for days for no reason as his diet/environmental exposure had not changed. My old ver and I tried, I thought, everything, with disappointing results. A friend recommended ACVC and, within 2 visits, all Buddy's issues were resolved. Dr. Terlesky thoroughly examined him, suggesting a supplement along with adding natural, healthy fiber (pumpkin). She then immediately came up with a plan of action which has work perfectly. She even called me after my first visit as she was thinking about Buddy and had a thought she wanted to share with me. She was informative while remaining kind, compassionate, and patient. The staff has always been engaging, very friendly, and helpful and, I am grateful to all.
This vet practice is great. Just what I was looking for my dog. Great feature: Mon - Fri walk-in appointments, including an exam by the vet!! Friendly staff, competitive pricing, convenient location. Call backs for blood testing were right on time. My dog got nervous and made a little mess in lobby and the staff was understanding, handled it promptly. My bill was explained to me and no one rushed me through the process. They also managed my kitty when I had to euthanize her. The staff and doctor were compassionate and dignified about the event, no pressure, respected my wishes and were gentle with her. I really appreciate this vet hospital for their competency and compassion.
I think the people writing the negative reviews need to realize what the purpose of a vet is. It's not to be your best friend and joke around with you, it's to treat your animal and make sure they feel better!! While the Dr is eccentric, he is brilliant and knows what he is doing. We brought him a 5 week old kitten with some kind of parasite in her chest and he extracted it and took great care of her. He gave me so much information about how to care for her and what to do with her. So he's not the most friendly Dr- his job isn't to be friendly. I think people really need to stop being sensitive and "man up" if you will- we got great affordable care from a knowledgeable doctor.
I have been going to Thornwood for over 20 years with my cats and dogs, he is extremely intelligent and some people have a hard time understanding him because of his scientific explanations. I have a science background so I do see where people may think he is being cold or rude, when really they just aren't understanding the medical terminology. He is the most reasonable priced, up front and honest vet I have ever met. I have been ripped off and lied to when I've used anyone else during emergencies when Dr. was not available. I had my cat put down several months ago and the staff couldn't have been more kind.
I think the previous review is fake. Much like the information in the yellow pages ad says, this clinic, called "SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC" does only vaccinations, spays and neuters. They DO NOT do veterinary services a regular clinic would do. They will recommend a veterinarian who does full-service, but THEY WILL NOT DO FULL SERVICE VET CARE. I have taken two of my cats there and have even ASKED if they would be my regular vet, because their staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. They took great care of my animals, and I do all of my vaccinations there. Their prices are great.
I am very happy with my experience at Holiday Park Animal Hospital! I have been taking my 2 cats here for a couple years and I have never been unhappy with the care that I have received. Dr J and his nurses are always so kind and happy to help ... I have called many times for last minute situations and they always find time to squeeze me in. also, if you call after hours the phone goes to Dr J's cell , which definitely puts me at ease. They are always willing to listen to your concerns and most importantly they provide quality veterinary care.
I had taken my Great Dane here before she passed of old age & now I take my 3 cats. I have received nothing but the best care for my pets & cannot understand the negative reviews posted on here. Staff has always been friendly & caring with my animals. Surgery was performed on my one cats tail when it was accidentally shut in a door. They were able to save his tail and checked up on him every day following the surgery. He has full use of his tail thanks to North Boros!
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.