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125 S Belcher RdClearwater, FL 33765
I've been going to this Veterinarian for years and I would never go anywhere else. All the staff and Veterinarians are very professional and compass…
410 S Pegasus AveClearwater, FL 33765
They are the BEST! No need to look anywhere else. They have been wonderful with my older cocker spaniel and my kitty. Excellent service, super cari…
2651 Sunset Point RdClearwater, FL 33759
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I have been going to this clinic for over 20 years they are the best. I had 2 dogs that came down with Parvo. I took the youngest to the Emergency Vet on Belcher they ended up putting him down said he was so sick. I took the other dog here the next day they were able to save this dog and when asked where the other dog was I told they the Emergency Vets had put him down they said they could have saved him also. That was 5 years ago and My one dog is doing wonderful full recovery and I would not go to another vet after what they have done for us. I tell everyone to go to this vet. LOVE THEM ALL THERE
We took our first teacup chihuahua Roxy there on May 2016 and being first time parents to a 5yr old dog, we were so relieve to know she was in great condition, the doctors were great and the staff were all very caring. Since i am a nervous mom, I take her there so many times and they are so understanding the Vets explained everything in details aND calmed me down
Dr Conrad has sold this practice and is no longer here. The new vets lack experience and will have you returning again and again for the same issues for as long as you will keep paying. Horrible vets. It's all about the money here now.
This place is terrible. Brought my puppy twice, never again. I strongly recommend staying away from this place. Went in on Tuesday and after being seen an hour after my appt was scheduled my dog was prescribed ivermectin - the same day they sold us our trifexis (never mentioned the two together were deadly). We spent the next day and night at the emergency vets as my pup wouldn't eat, drink, get off the couch. I spoke with the manufacturer of Trifexis and was advised there should he a 30 day wash between using those products. This vet wanted my dog on ivermectin for 60 days, while on Trifexis. He has no idea what he is talking about. If you care about your pet - stay away from this office.
Dr Bendit is a great, caring vet. He offers low cost vaccine clinics twice a week that helps a lot of people afford to keep their pets vaccinated. I will not take my pet anywhere else.
Great Vet and Staff! Made me feel calm and my dog feel calm and safe. The doc really had a lot of data to give me in a way that reassured me and educated me. Really loved the experience.
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.