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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.
IVC is a wonderfully accomodating, caring and educated veterinary clinic. They work with you, the client for the best treatment plan for your pet. I work in animal care and was a tech for some time, which opens my ears and eyes to A LOT of practices and never have I heard or seen anything negative about them. Dr. Michelle and Dr. Bart work to the bone to make their practice the best in Charlotte. Priced not to steal your money(which is rare in Charlotte) but to afford the best treatment for your pet. Sending out labs to get the best reading possible; there are many things that a tech can not see on a slide or when they run bloodwork in house. I have 2 vets in the Charlotte area and will not go anywhere else but these 2. IVC takes their time with you and your pet. They are open extended hours to accomodate YOU. Everyone you run into at IVC is always full of love for you and your pet. There is not a high turn over in their practice which means, happy educated receptionists and techs. They are very selective on their new hires; it is a high bar that the people who are employeed there had to meet and exceed for YOU and your pet. They greet you at the door or your car to help you in when your hands are hardly even full. They help you out to the car. There are never any stupid questions to ask them; there is always follow up, even on vaccinations to ensure that your fur baby is doing well. Heck they even go as far as to give you reminder calls for your pets monthly preventatives! They train their staff WEEKLY on new things and old things to ensure the best care. I have been both in the exam rooms and in the back with my pets and others. Never once did I have to wait more than 5 minutes of walking in the door and never once did I feel uncomfortable with the procedure being done. Ask around; ask kennels, doggy day cares, pet shops, pet owners they will tell you. No matter which vet or tech I have had in a treatment room my pet is always treated like the only pet on Earth and I am treated as if I am the only human on Earth. I refer the daylights out of them to my clients as my clients pets are just as important as my own. Your pet deserves the best treatment possible, seek no further as you have found your practice. Keep in mind, just like human health care, animal health care is not for the faint of heart. The best 'bosses', vets and managers at veterinary clinics expect nothing but the greatest composure and work out of their employees. Like I said before, high turn over is a negative in this industry, IVC does not have that. If they let somebody go it is simply because they did not make the cut, not because they are a bad person.
I have 4 personal pets, I'm active in animal rescue, and I used to work at a vet's office, so I have visited and am very familiar with many of the veterinarians in the Charlotte area. Independence Veterinary Clinic is leaps and bounds above all the others. I originally visited IVC because my dog needed an ultrasound and my current vet did not have an ultrasound machine. IVC had great ratings online and also quoted me a price about half of what every other vet did for an ultrasound so I decided to give them a try. I am so glad that I did! Dr. Michelle Bryan took so much time with me and my little senior chihuahua, Duke. She wasn't "in and out" like all the other vets I have seen in the past. She carefully explained to me everything she saw on the ultrasound, the reasons behind her diagnosis, and all of the costs and benefits of different treatments. She didn't try to guilty me into spending a lot of money, and she even helped me find the most affordable options. She and the vet techs were so kind and gentle with Duke. They were incredibly friendly and seemed to really care about my dog. Dr. Bryan called me the day after my visit to follow up and make sure I understood Duke's diagnosis and the different dosages of the several medicines and supplements he has to take on a daily basis. Then she called out of the blue a couple of weeks later to see how Duke was doing. She stated that the staff had been talking about chihuahuas which made her think of Duke so she just wanted to check on him. It is so refreshing to find a vet who actually cares about my pet and is more concerned about my pet's health than with making a bunch of money. I will now be permanently switching all of my pets' care to IVC. They are the most friendly, knowledgeable, and affordable veterinary office I have ever visited. I can't thank them enough for correctly diagnosing Duke and helping ensure that he will live a longer and more comfortable life.
I moved to the Charlotte area about 6 months ago and needed a vet. A neighbor told me to give her vet a try. I needed to board my dog and his vaccines were not current so I gave her vet's office a call. I was very impressed on how helpful the receptionist on the phone was by getting all of my dogs records from my vet in Charleston and letting me know what she needed to be boarded. When my dog usually went to the vet she was always scared to death, sometimes even had to be sedated. The assistants talked so sweetly to her she didn't seem to know she was at the vet. Dr Weeks was great with her . My experience was great knowing I didn't have to have her sedated because everyone made her feel so happy. This office made my dog leave with her tail wagging and a chew treat, not realizing she had just been at the vet. Two weeks later, a coworker had a litter of kittens dropped off in her property. I adopted one and took it straight to the vet. I did not have an appointment. They were very good about working me into their schedule. I just had the kitten neutered and declawed a few weeks ago by Dr Bonaquisti and I can't believe how well my kitten did after the surgery. I had another cat declawed years ago and it took a LONG time to overcome that trauma. Dr Bonaquisti did a fantastic job. I am glad my neighbor told me about this office.
I recently visited Providence Veterinary for my dog to recieve her yearly check up. Normally I see Dr. Laura Elliott and she is excellent with my dog. Well my last visit I had Dr. Joseph Bonacquisti which I felt either has been over worked or doesn't want to be in this line of business. I felt my visit was very rushed and he didnt spend adequate time with my dog to make her feel that coming to the vet is a good experience. My dog was muzzled immediately (she wasnt showing any signs of aggression i.e. snapping, growling, etc.). She was acting like any normal dog that didnt understand why the table was moving up. Here's a thought: you can always exam the dog on the floor 60lb dogs shouldnt be on tables anyways! I feel in order to build a relationship with the dog so they understand that going to the vet is a favorable experience more time should be spent paying attention to the dog. I dont even think a treat was offered. Instead now my dog has this horrible perception of the vet. Shots, therometers in uncomfortable places, muzzles, etc. So rather than just complaining about this I am also changing vets. I dont appreciate spending large amounts of money for my dog and I to feel we recieved nothing except pain. Other than our experience with Dr. Bonacquisti the rest of the staff is wonderfull. That's why I gave 2 stars.
I can't say enough good things about Providence Veterinary. The doctors and staff really care about the well being of your pet, and it shows. My dog Rusty had cancer in his jaw and had major surgery. Dr Meeks and Dr. Elliot went above and beyond in his care, calling and checking up on him and making sure he was doing well. Mulitple post surgery check ups, all included in the price of the surgery. Unfortunately, the cancer came back along with other complications and we sadly had to put our sweet boy down (he was 12 years old). During that process, everyone was so caring and attentive to us. We were able to say good bye privately in a back room that they have in their practive. A week later we received a card from the practice which was such a nice touch. The cost of Rusty's care in the final months was costly, but the practice allowed us to do a payment plan and were so accomodating to ensure that it wasn't a huge financial burden. If you're looking for a great place with exceptional care I highly recommend the doctor's at Providence Veterinary
We have taken our pets to Animal Medical Hospital for over 20 years. I think we paid for half the new building! We always know we will get cutting edge technology and excellent care there. The reason I don't give them 5 stars is because they are very expensive, and seem to order all kinds of tests and treatments that cost thousands of dollars when there really is no hope for the animal. We had a 3 year old Golden they diagnosed with lung cancer. Twenty-five hundred dollars and less than 3 weeks later, he was dead. We were paying his vet bills long after we lost him, and the vet said there wasn't much hope when he died. I think they pad the bill with unnecessary tests. Other than that, they are excellent vets. We are looking for a cheaper alternative, though.
I have been taking my dog Deacon to Rea Road animal hospital for the past two years and I honestly could not wish for a more caring, friendly and professional staff. Deacon was a rescue that spent the first 6-7 months of his life abandoned with no human interaction, so he is very timid around people. This being said the Rea Road team treated him with the utmost patience and love that a dog with his needs demands. It is obvious from the moment you walk in the door that everyone at the clinic truly loves animals and only wanted the best for Deac. I could not hope for a better experience in looking for a vet!
I have taken my many cats, dogs and rabbits to Dr Michelle, Dr Bart and Dr Melissa for 9 yrs now. I had tried three other vets after moving here 10 yrs ago. Dr Michelle diagnosised my Mickey right away which explained the symptoms that the other offices couldn't. Dr Bart preformed the cancer surgery and Mickey has been completely healthy and is a 15 yr old man now. I trust all the all the Drs at IVC with my pets and and I am relieved to know that they are always there for my fur kids. Great office! All the techs really care about my pets too! ����
I have been taking my Phoebe and Diana to them for 5 years. We recently had to send our Diana to God after 14 years. They handled the whole experience with Grace and Class. Even Dr. Michele cried with us. The room was set up very peaceful, with candles and soft music. She explained what would happen. They gave us a cast of her paw print and sent us a condolence card and beautiful poem about the Rainbow Bridge. I highly recommend them. They are very caring people and have such a love for your pet.
I was going to be out of town for about a week and had to board my dog and cat. My regular vet was full so I ended up bringing them to the Animal Medical Hospital at the last minute, luckily they still had room. They were very nice while I booked the appointment and dropped them off, but what really impressed me was when I came back to pick them up. I was very excited when they told me my total! It was actually about $100 less than what I was anticipating. I will definitely be back!
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.