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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 have been going to this clinic since 2007 and have used Dr.Rodriguez since she came to Florida in 1991. I have used both Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Colazzos. Both are amazing and have helped my animals with great care and compassion. They always make time to fit me in if I have a concern or feel it is an emergency. Countless times they have gone above and beyond to help one of my pets. Between myself and my family and all of my past rescue animals, I have had the best care I could possibly ask for. They always explain what they think should be done, why they think it should be done, the cost, the benefits, and also the negatives with anything they do. They always answer all of my questions and address all of my concerns in detail. Everything they do is discussed with me in detail so I completely understand what is going on. Anytime my one of my pets had to stay, I was always updated on how they were doing throughout the day. The Dr called and discussed everything with me. Throughout the years I have had to put some of my pets to sleep and the entire staff, Doctors, techs, and office staff came in to console me and comfort me. They made a hard decision easier and made my dogs comfortable the entire time. I could never ask for a better group of people to trust the health care of all my animals. I will never go to another clinic. I would Highly recommend this clinic if you are looking for exceptional care for your pets. I can write pages of the exceptional care and all of the things they have done for my animals, Including walking away from lunch, staying after hours, coming in after hours, answering my questions after hours. The list goes on and on. All I can say that Everyone at this clinic is amazing from office staff to the Doctors.
I love the friendly office staff here and the wonderful care we get from them. I have taken my dog here for two years now and I find everyone to be competent and happy. My dog currently sees Dr. Rodriguez and I can't say enough good things about her. She is on top of things and doesn't spare any expense when it comes to the health of an animal. She works very well with older dogs. I am always nervous putting my dog under, but she's done it twice now and he came through with only minor side effects. (The last vet who put him under had him loopy for almost a week.) I truly wish I could give this place 5 stars, but I can't. The only thing holding me back is the price. This is one of the most expensive vets in the area. She has a tendency to cross all of her t's which really drives the bill up. But you do get what you pay for with quality. I love coming here, but it may not be for everyone due to the high prices.
I have had Dr. Helm care for all of my animals since she she began practice in 1987. She is so caring and knowledgable and takes her time answering questions or explaining to me what is the matter with our pet. She saved our puppy after it was born by c-section and wasn't breathing. The care given by her and her staff during that emergency were phenomenal! I have many friends that also take their pets there and they could not be happier. I'm also proud of the fact that Dr. Helm serves on the State Board and National Board of Veterinary Medicine...I think it says a lot about her and her abilities as a doctor and the respect that those in her profession have for her.
Excellent clinic. Love everyone there. All 3 Doctors are exceptional and I wouldn't take my animals anywhere else. Everyone is very knoweledgable and caring. I feel confident taking my animals here because I know they will recieve the best possible care. Everyone from the office staff to the doctors are involved in your pets care and every single one of them really cares about your pet and you also. I highly recommend this clinic. All of the Doctors are wonderful alomg with the techs and office staff. I would never tale my animals any where else. Thank you to everyone at this clinic for everything you do for your clients and their furry family members. AMAZING !
After leaving my beloved vet of 18 years, I didn't think I could find anyone would compare. After two years of disappointments, one of Dr. Ned's clients recommended him for our family. I don’t consider myself demanding - just caring - and I expect the same from my vet. The staff at Three Oaks Veterinary Service is outstanding and the facilities are immaculate. Dr. Ned has a gentle approach with my four dogs, and his assistants are more than considerate of their needs and different personalities. I have never been disappointed with the service we’ve received. I would recommend Three Oaks to anyone who feels their vet should be a part of the family.
Dr. Ned Szempruch is not only a well-educated veterinarian, but he truly shows loving care and compassion to his "patients". We brought our beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Skamp, to Dr. Ned, and he saved his life. He was able to make a prompt, accurate diagnosis and provide the critical care Skamp needed. Dr. Ned and his wife, Susan, even took Skamp home for the evening so they could watch him more closely. Susan comforted us by texting pictures of Skamp at their house! I do not believe we would have SKamp with us today if it were not for Three Oaks Veterinary Service. Thanks again to Dr. Ned, Susan, and the entire wonderful staff!
This is the best place. By far the best vets office I have ever been to. The staff are absolutely amazing and so professional. They are also compassionate and they really do care about our furry/feathered/scaly families. They take such great care of them and take great care in even the littlest detail. I have been going to them for years and refuse to go anywhere else. I highly recommend Three Oaks Veterinarian. They are absolutely wonderful.
I have been to several veterinarian clinics in the area and Dr. Ned's clinic is by far the cleanest and and most professional. My dog had suffered a terrible fracture of her front leg. We called several clinics and we're told they were closing. It was Dr. Ned who came to our rescue. I can't say enough about his dedication and extensive knowledge. If it wasn't for Dr. Ned my dog would not have had such a successful recovery. -Ally
I don't do these reviews but have to this one. I have never seen a more dedicated, hard working, caring, loving group. I trap cats & they @ a very small fee, spay/neuter, worm & vaccinate them before putting out. They also provide many services to keep your pet health at no charge or for very little. Compassionate Veterinarian, use his services, help with donations.(like old towels-ask staff) MJohnson
Dr ned and his staff have always been professional and caring. Any time i have ised 3 oaks for any reason i have been very happy with their care for my animals. I am bery upset to see a negative accuation made against these caring and professional people, especially when the chsrge is made on hesrsay not personal experience. Shame on you for throwing mud on fine people
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.