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From Business: Hickory Small Animal Hospital opened its doors in March 2009 with the goal of offering the best veterinary care possible for you and your pet. We are a full servi…
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Dr. Gabby has been treating my three dogs since back when she was working at another vet clinic. After having horrible experiences at several vet clinics in the area we were thrilled when she finally went out on her own and opened Amite Veterinary Services. She is a gentle, compassionate professional who handles our Toy Poodle and Chihuahua carefully and doesn't mind the occasional kiss from our goofy Lab.Last year the rescue that I foster for started using her for our rescue dogs. The first dogs we brought in were a litter of 4 month old feral Shepherd mixes. They were terrified and promptly soiled the lobby area. The staff didn't bat an eye, just brought out the paper towels and a mop. Next up was a pregnant mama who delivered 2 puppies and then was not able to deliver #3. Dr. Gabby rearranged her schedule and did an emergency C-section, delivering 2 more healthy pups. Since then she has performed mass removals, dentals and several spay/neuters, most recently neutering two 14-week old puppies so that they could go on transport to out-of-state adopters. She treated one dog for heartworms earlier this year and we have another due to begin treatment next week.We love Dr. Gabby and her wonderful staff and wouldn't think of bringing our dogs, rescue or personal, anywhere else!
I have been bringing both of my Yorkies to Dr. Gabby for quite sometime. One is 13 years old, the other has been seeing her since 6 weeks. Dr. Gabby is very compassionate and caring. I appreciate that she takes the time to explain what is going on with their health and the alternatives we could take. I have found her prices to be very competitive, which in today's economy is a big plus. My dogs both love her.
I made the mistake of taking two of my dogs here to be fixed. Not only was the vet tech rough with one of my dogs who is a timid dog in general, but both had complications after the surgery and ONE during. My catahoula had a seizure because of the anesthesia this specific vet uses and developed an infection in his throat because of the way the tube was put down his throat. My other dog developed a staph infection because of the razor burn caused by the way the techs shaved him. When we called with concerns, the techs told us it was nothing to worry about. We took them to Dr. Drew (Kent's animal hospital in amite) and discovered health issues! We called again to complain and the techs at Amite Veterinary Service hung up TWICE on us. They do NOT care about the animals and do not care about the clients. I WILL NEVER GO BACK! And I strongly urge people to avoid this vet! The vet didn't even care enough to come out and TALK to us after the surgery!!
Agreed about the inexperienced girl who has since been let go. Dr. Tiger (owner) graduated top of his class at lsu in '82 and is one of the best vets around
they had some young girl doctor in there that was clueless. We took our dog snowbunny there because he was acting sick like he was poisoned. I'm the one who had to tell them to give him fluids and after they did he perked right up.Second, they misdiagnosed my cat saying he had a flea allergy and that wasn't it at all. So I called to see if I could get some of the money back since they did absolutely nothing and was wrong. No deal!Also they said that in order for us to purchase heartworm medication that the dog needed to be seen by the doctor which is B.S. You can go buy it online at plenty of places without having to pay a doctor. they are clueless. Sure they probably do well on some of the cases. But be weary if it's not an easy diagnosis to find out they'll throw out something to you, and expect you to pay full price even if they are wrong.
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.