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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.
EDIT: @Fitbrit - I should have given this organization 1 star. I would like to answer your review since you seem to think I am "bashing" this place. "They are not set up to be like your regular vet - which is why you pay a quarter of the price. I wish people would stop bashing this Clinic. They are trying to do the best they can with what they can."They are not set up like any veteranarian. They are dirty, smelly, and unsanitized. You walk in and the stink is up the walls. You look at the outside and it is dingy and not kept well. This is not a safe place to drop off your beloved pet. I'm not quite sure they are trying to do the best with what they can. If they were, it might be better to have one location and have it clean, sanitized, and presentable than two smelly locations!"it cost a fraction of what I would pay at my regular vet's office. "You'd better hope it did! In a disgusting and dirty environment like them, I'd hope no one would pay full price! I took my first cat there then took my parents two cats to a place called Planned Pethood, which is the same price, has more services, more knowledgable staff, and a much cleaner place. That is when I truly lost all and any respect I had for this organization."Quit complaining, volunteer and make a difference!"Why dont you volunteer to make their building presentable? I would never volunteer for people who run a dirty business with peeling paint, smelly indoors, and just on a whole unsanitary conditions unsuitable for animals AND humans alike!--------------------------------------I took first young pet cat there to get spayed. They were very accommodating and nice! She was pregnant and they took care of it. The glue they used wasnt completely even and there was a bump but she ended up healing fine nevertheless. They said if I got blood work it would be fine to bring my older 8 year old cat in. BUT I drove 1 hour there and they said it was too risky because she was older and they didnt provide an IV. I told them over the phone she was an older cat and they didnt say anything! I wish they had told me to fax or scan in the bloodwork before I drove all the way there. Although they offered to spay her anyways, they said it was not recommended so I did not do it. Such a waste of morning :(Also...it really smells. Theres around 20-25 cats in 1 room and although they care for them it just does not look sanitary. I felt guilty leaving the first cat there because of the smell, the whines, the meows, and the hisses coming from the back. Also you will not even get to meet or see the veterinarian so it feels very impersonal. I don't think it should be shut down, it is great if you can't afford to spay/neuter, if you have ferals and they take cats in to adopt them out. However, if you have a pet over 2 years old or older or can afford it, go to a safer place because they don't seem very confident in themselves.
I took my dog Curley to see Dr. Powell after a horrible experience at a specialty practice in Sandy Springs with another animal eye doctor. I wish I would have gone to Dr. Powell first; maybe my dog would not be blind in one eye if I would have. However, thank goodness I did seek a second opinion with Dr. Powell. She has been treating my dog for close to a year now and he has made great progress with relieving pain and redness in his blind eye as well as keeping his other eye healthy and full of sight. Yes, the eye drops that she recommends work and my dog is living proof. You can elect to get prescriptions filled at your local pharmacy. I am a VERY PARTICULAR Pet Parent and I strongly recommend Dr. Powell to all of my friends. Thank you Dr. Powell for all of your hard work.
TERRIBLE. One star or less. I once gave them a good review here and wrote I liked them a lot because of their prices. I regret writing it. I apologize to any one who went to them because of what I wrote. I didn't know then what I know now and any one who will look hard will find out the same things I did. This organization is mismanaged from the top to the bottom and should be shut down. They don't answer the phones at their clinic. If you really inspected their facilities you'd find rats, leaks, health violations. They put animals in danger and they put YOUR ANIMAL IN DANGER when you bring your animals to their clinics. What a disappointment Lifeline turned out to be. I can not believe they are still in business. Please care for your pet and take them somewhere else.
I wish I had read the reviews first. I did research but I didn't find these before I went...She has a terrible bedside manner. She seems to take it personally if you have questions like you are questioning her expertise. Very arrogant. Also, she overcharged me for some unnecessary ointments that weren't even packaged with instructions. Outdated office.. from the looks and experience of it, you would think it would cost way less. I decided to do the surgery elsewhere where I could get another procedure done at the same time and when I asked for records to be sent to the other place, she only sent the invoice and not her notes or anything helpful. She may be a good doctor but there is something off with her and I think another doc would be a better choice.
Lifeline Animal Project offers discounted spay/neuter services. They are not set up to be like your regular vet - which is why you pay a quarter of the price. I wish people would stop bashing this Clinic. They are trying to do the best they can with what they can. I've taken about 10 cats there - ferals and fosters - and they've done a great job with every one of them. No complaints and it cost a fraction of what I would pay at my regular vet's office. Maybe if more people were responsible pet owners - they wouldn't be so busy - and could offer better service. However, the reality is they are overwhelmed and just trying to help RESPONSIBLE pet owners with limited resources do the right thing. Quit complaining, volunteer and make a difference!
I LOVE LifeLine Animal Project. LifeLine Animal Progject is an amazing non-profit that works to save pets and help the community! LifeLine offers amazing low cost vet packages including exams, vaccinations, and spay and nueter options at an amazing price! Their vets and staff are wonderful, helpful, and just amazing! I always bring my dogs to LifeLine for all their vet needs. All this while they run a no kill animal shelter for amazing dogs and cats! This amazing organization is one of a kind! Check LifeLine out today at http://www.lifelineanimal.org Adopt, foster, volunteer, donate at LifeLine Animal Project!
Lifeline is a great organization! I have utilized them several times for my cats and my dogs and each time was an outstanding experience. There was never any complications with spay/nueter surgeries, my pets were treated well and the staff was very polite and explained everything thoroughly. This organization is definately a God send to those who cannot afford regular vet fees and for feral cats (TNR program). Without these people, I'm sure there would be a greater cat over population and many peoples pets would still be without shots and spay/nueters. I sincerely appreciate all they have done for my pets.
I recently took my Basset Hound to see Dr. Powell for a problem with cataracts. She was very helpful and caring, carefully explaining our treatment options including costs. We decided to perform the surgery in the worst of her two eyes. The surgery appears to have been successful. Dr. Powell has consistently follow-up with my wife and me by phone to be certain that the patient is doing fine. On a side note, I've read the other reviews with respect to cost, but found her fee appropriate and similar to other vets in Atlanta.
This organization is transforming shelters in Atlanta. They now manage the Dekalb and Fulton County shelters and have dropped the kill rate dramatically and hope to go no-kill by 2016. Looking to adopt a cat or dog? Use their search engine of trustworthy local rescue groups and listing of homeless animals in the area. They also have their own shelter in Avondale.
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.