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I had a very sick animal. My 1st concern was his comfort. His distress and subsequent physical symptoms persisted for years. All of a sudden he started going down hill. I knew it was his time. I called Orchard Animal Hospital to have an exam. When I realized how ill he really was I changed the exam to euthanasia. Their quote for this procedure was a whopping $195!!! Up from $150 2 years prior. 10 minutes prior to my taking my beloved cat in for his procedure, the Vet called to let me know because of his age, which was 5, he couldn't agree to the procedure unless there was sufficient testing $$$$$$$$$$$$ and treatment $$$$$$$$$$$$ to make, him, the Vet, feel good about euthanizing a very ill animal. I am not without financial means, but I'm also not wealthy. I could see where his mind was going - straight to his profit margin - at the sake of my ill animal. I ended up taking him in to the animal shelter which is the only place in town that does a "no questions asked" euthanasia. Their cost $55!!!!!! My cat and I were treated with respect and kindness and I am very happy he is no longer suffering. My friend who is on the board for the Animal Shelter mentioned to me that the Vets are lobbying the State Legislature to disallow people like myself from using their services. Their reasoning: the animal shelter is taking paying customers from them!!!This is not true. THEY are pricing themselves out of the pocket book of an average paying client. Enough is enough!!! It is time for us to do something about this run-away train of unregulated fees that Vets are charging. They go up an average of 10% per year. I do hope something is done, FOR the people, instead of this greed continuing. I for one have decided to no longer have animals. I make more than the average person by far and I cannot afford their care
She did a great job. Called her late on a Saturday she came right over in the snow and was great. Prices were amazing for a farm call too. Definitely call them first.
Dr. Linda and the staff at The Pet Doctor are the best in town. We originally went there to have our rabbit Widget spayed, and have since taken just about everyone of our furry kids for treatment. They treat their patients and the pet parents just like family. I recommend Dr Linda, Dr Wil, and Dr Marnie to everyone with furry family members!!
Ada Veterinary Hospital has been a great place to take our cats. They are very competent and knowledgable, as well as compassionate. One cat needed dental work and we had been given an estimate by another vet for nearly $1000. Ada Vet Hospital gave us an estimate for less than $400. AND, the total bill ended up being less than the estimate! We are currently treating a cat with chronic renal failure and have been able to do that at home, ourselves, thanks to the instructions and supplies we get at Ada Vet. They seem to be truly concerned about our animals, rather than making money. We referred my parents there for their kitties.
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.