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28512 112th St EBuckley, WA 98321
My husband and I discovered this Clinic when our Vet retired. Our first visit was a stray we had taken in (Kooper). Dr. Vetter didnt try to sell me …
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Tonight, our dog Champ got into some antifreeze and drank it. In my moments of terror, I called our vet to be informed that yes they can treat that but they were too booked and couldn't see him, and to therefore take him to an ER vet....which the closest is about 45 minutes away. Knowing what I know about ethylene glycol (or antifreeze), I didn't think that I could make it there. So I frantically began calling every vet to let them know what had happened only to be told that they would not see him because he is not a patient with them or that they were too booked. In one last ditch effort before I attemtpted to make it with him unharmed to the ER vet, I called Foothills Veterinary Hospital in Buckley WA. I briefly told them what happened and they told me to come there immediately ( which is about 8 minutes away from me). As soon as I pulled up, they grabbed champ and immediately treated him. Needless to say, they saved his life. They stayed WAY past closing hours and everyone pitched in to help. They genuinely cared about Champ and just did what it took to save him. And you know how much the bill was? Less than 100 bucks...which is less than what it costs to take Champ to my normal vet for a simple check up. Whe I asked why they did what they did, they simply replied.."We just want to do the right thing." This is they kind of place that cares more about actually caring for an animal than how much money they are going to make. I am in "human" healthcare myself, and the example they set tonight was something that I only hope I can carry on everyday as I see" 2-legged " patients. There is something to be said about that.Thank you so much guys for saving Champ...bringing him home safely to my two young children meant so much more than you could ever know.Jana
This is a first rate clinic. No gimicks, no sales pitch. This office has a down home feel with knowledgable doctors and staff. My wife and I like the fact that if they dont know they answer to the problem, they find the answer. Really glad we found this place.Dr. Thompson
My husband and I discovered this Clinic when our Vet retired. Our first visit was a stray we had taken in (Kooper). Dr. Vetter didnt try to sell me everything or make me return for unnecessary office visits. He did call me at home and email me the results that very same night. He also kept in touch by email to see how Kooper was doing. Since then we had a little emergency with our old lab (Jessie). Dr. V was out of town but his wife called Dr. Hougham to meet us within the hour! I thought this little emergency might cost me a little more but they just charged me a reg. office visit (no emergency fee!). I called the clinic to ask for ideas on how to deal with a behavior prob. we were having. Dr. Vetter contacted some colleagues from around the country, and called me back with all the info he had collected. I cant say enough great things about the Vets here and all the office staff. They go the extra mile for you, and they really do care about you and your pets.Laura and Dr. Dan Thompson
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.