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When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
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We have been taking our Golden here since he was 6 months old. He is now 2.5 years old. He just loves the pool at the center. The center is very nice. I also use the vet at this location very nice and informative. The only thing I don’t like is my Golden did get ring worm in his ears from a week long boarding. It cleared up after a week of treatment twice a day. But other than that they seem like a great place for your pet when your pet can’t be at home.
We have been going to Piedmont since they opened and have always had the very best care. Their love for the animals is evident. There are a couple bad reviews on this site and I absolutely don't believe that is what actually happened. I have never in over 20 years had or heard of anything negative about this wonderful caring people. They are all patient, caring and love the animals. Their motto is pet care by people who care and it is absolutely true. Our pets have, over the years had some pretty bad illnesses and we have complete faith they always get the best of care.
Dr. Beckhardt is such a loving lady who made sure we were contacted with updates throughout the day. The vet techs along with their front staff provided great customer service. I can't speak enough about Nicole, the customer service rep. She will go above and beyond in order to help you. My dog has been sick since Sunday and once Nicole saw she needed advanced care a few days later, she drove her herself to the other practice where Dr. Greer is. She provided her help before and after hours. Overall, great staff and great love for your pets.
I will not bring my pets to this clinic ever again. My puppy had been sneezing and had a yellowish discharge from his nose. Upon arrival they informed me that due to the flu epidemic and as a preventive measure my puppy would be seen in my vehicle. This is summer time in Florida with regular afternoon thunderstorms (at the time we were in the midst of a tropical storm). 30 minutes later, a vet tech came out with a rectal thermometer, a paper pad and pen and asked what was wrong. I explained that I adopted this 10 1/2 week old labraddodle from a breeder just the previous day. Although the breeder denied any type of exposure to other dogs outside of her home, the puppy exhibited signs of infection. As she went away, another 15 passed. The vet tech and the doctor showed and asked me again what was wrong. I was tired and annoyed at their lack of communication but I went over my story once again. He listened to the puppy's lungs and took a quick look at his nose. After a brief three minute "examination" he told me that "it could" be an upper respiratory infection ( not very reassuring) but I was exhausted, soaked in wet, and bitten by mosquitoes. They walked away. I figured I had to go inside to pay the bill and collect the meds.Once at the front desk, they told me, it is $86. 86? for antibiotics? The front desk girl told me that $50 were for the "comprehensive physical examination." Comprehensive Really?.The remainder were for the antibiotic and a dewormer. I stated that the vet never mentioned a worm problem but she stated that the provider feels that this puppy did not receive the adequate treatment of deworming based on the medical documentation provided by the breeder. I did not want any conflict with the staff but I walked out of that clinic feeling absolutely swindled. The next day, I called Theresa, the office manager who blew me off very quickly.I told them not to count on my patronage or any future recommendations about this place.
Terrible vet and she is the owner, has zero compassion for your pet can care less took my little dog there to get her ears ears checked and my dog nipped her because she was not handling the dog the right way and she called animal control on me to take my dog away this is on believable she is a vet it comes with the territory after I apologize so many times she totally did not say a word to me and stormed out of the room terrible place terrible thing to have to go through I will never go to this vet again and would not recommend anybody to go to this place very bad experience she needs to be fired she's old and her time is up
I don't have experience with their vet services but my dogs LOVE the Pet Resort. I decided to try it out after one of my dogs was mistreated at another boarding facility. Every time I pick my dogs up from the resort, they are happy and seem to have been well-cared for. My dogs are high energy and require a lot of exercise so the pool and large running areas are fantastic. I do wish they had Sunday pick up service as with my travel schedule it would be most convenient. But as long as my dogs are well cared for, I can't live with this minor issue. Overall I am extremely happy with the pet resort.
I recently adopted a dachshund puppy and to be honest, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, as I've never even owned a pet before. I contacted The Pet Care Center of Apopka, and they were able to break everything down for me in a way I could understand. The offered me something called a "puppy package." This package included all of Buffy's boosters, deworming, my first bag of food, my first flea and heartworm tablet, and education material (which I certainly needed!) So far my dog has seen Dr. Beltran and Dr. Andrews, who are both excellent! The doctor himself always calls me a few days after each appointment to make sure Buffy is continuing to do well. I truly feel like Buffy and I are apart of The Pet Care family. They greet me by name and Buffy's always excited to see them (even when it's time for Belen to give her a bath and trim her toenails.) I feel very lucky to have found a vet that was able to educate me and take care of all of Buffy's needs. I highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for extraordinary veterinary care.
Several months back, I called first thing in the morning to the receptionist to ask, that if I had my cat put to sleep, would the vet allow me to be present with her? It was a simple request. She was 17 years old, hyperthyroid and treatment was no longer working. My kitty was in heart failure and we felt the best thing was to allow her a peaceful end. Her heart was pounding out of her chest and she was clearly ready to go. They could not even give me the courtesy of a return phone call for a dying animal to help her along. After a couple of hours of them not responding, I took her to another vet I know across town, which was additional stress for her at a very difficult time WHEN SHE WAS DYING. Truthfully, these people need to be reported to the Veterinary Board, from what I read here and hear about them. They have no care nor concern for animal or human feelings. Please take your pet elsewhere if you care about them at all.
I had to find somewhere to board my dog for four, yes four months while our house was rebuilt following water damage. This place had huge exercise areas and a pool. Couldn't be happier and I get lots of photos to help me stay in touch when I can't visit. Definitely recommend. There isn't another facility like this. Good bang for your buck plus there a veterinarian on site
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.