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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 do not think I could put into words how much Dr. Richman and his staff mean to me and my fur family. He is the first vet that I have met that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of my animals. Each visit here is a pleasure, and I was pleasantly surprised the first time that I received a phone call from the office just to check in on my senior dog. I have never worked with a vet that takes the time to call and check in and see how things are going. I recently had to put my 16 old collie down and I could not have asked for a more supportive group of people to help me through the process- I received a sympathy card from doc in the mail and a paw print from Charlie that I will cherish forever- during his last few months Dr. Richman did everything possible to be sure that Charlie and I were both doing well, I will never forget that. I will not be taking my 4 dogs anywhere but Dr. Richman’s office.
West Park is by far the best place for our pets! From the doctors to the techs to the staff,. they all have always had the best interest, care and confidence in treating our four legged friends! Over the last 10 years they have always delivered on their service! From late night calls, last minute visits when we had a sick pup, a quick question because our dog had eaten a whole box of fundraiser candy bars, or the annual visits, the staff at West Park has been fabulous! I must acknowldege Anna, April and Grace that know our family very well! They have allowed us to have a personal relationship with them and our 2 dogs; and we THANK YOU for that!. Anytime we call or come in, they are welcoming and very helpful! To us, this is important when choosing a doctor. So high five West Park; job well done!!!! The Haws-Pagán Family (Yukon & Zeus)
Dr Richman has been taking care of our new puppy since we adopted Austin at the end of summer. My wife and daughter really like him and we found all his puppy rules to be very helpful housebreaking Austin. The staff has called us a few times to make suer things are going ok and if we have any questions. My family always has a lot of questions. Dr Richman seems to genuinely like our puppy and us. But, we were pleasantly surprised when Austin was spayed and my daughter, who was very worried, received a text and a picture right after surgery showing Austin waking up and letting us know things went fine. Then she even more surprised when Dr RIchman called that evening to make sure all of us were ok. I never had a doctor of any type call after a surgery. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr RIchman and his staff to anyone that loves their pet.
I went in because my dog had skin allergies, and the office was nice and clean, I liked that the first exam is free for new patients.. But I told them what was going on and how usually my old vet gives antihistamines and they don't work.. They gave me the same thing instead of trying to figure out another route. And then suggested he had fleas which he absolutely doesn't.. So it was kind of offensive to me.. Then they wanted me to spend 55$ on flea medicine.. I just feel like nothing was solved. So 84$ later and my dog is the same as he always is.. Pulling out fur due to his seasonal allergies. I don't understand why no steroid shots were given like they usually do for bichons. Vet was a nice man.. The ladies in there were ok.. But I feel it was a waste of time and money.
Dr. Gulzeth has been consistently amazing with my dogs for the last seventeen years. I recommend her highly. Her staff has been supportive and caring, always patient, always fully answering my questions and needs. My dogs are extremely important to me; I searched and tried many Veterinarians until happily finding Dr. Gulzeth. Dr. Gulzeth met me at her clinic after closing on a Saturday night to see my dog and perform an emergency procedure on her. We were there with her for hours. She has gone above and beyond many times caring for my animals, and has always been warm and kind with them, they love her! I have never had a reason to second guess my decision in choosing Beachland, and have encouraged others I care about to do the same.
My german shepherd had several lumps that needed removed, so I decided to try them because a friend recommended them. Best decision ever made - they are SO nice and helpful and you can tell they really love the animals, not profits. I had a quote from a lakewood taj mahal clinic (these pretty places with tons of staff and fancy artwork, etc.) for over $1000. So I went to Brooklyn and never looked back. $400 for the same surgery PLUS a dental cleaning! Sadly, I had to put her down a few months back and now have a new german shepherd and they were so compassionate through the whole process. Their service and their love of the animals (and prices!) is way more important than some fancy building and artwork any day!
I finally found a good vet. My friends say I'm hard on people I do business with but I just expect what I give at work. This animal clinic is very good. From the receptionist to the nurses and especially to Dr RIchman, everyone takes pride in their work is honest and fair. Dr RIchman recently helped Amigo through an illness that was difficult to diagnose and heal. Dr Richman ran some tests, did an exam, asked me a lot of questions and then fixed my boy up. He explains things well and in simple language for someone not medical and his charges are fair. I recommend Dr Richman and give him 5 stars and so does Amigo.
The previous reviews are old. The hospital must be under new management with new doctors, because our service there has be exceptional! Our oldest cat has kidney disease. We try to see the same doctor each visit since she knows out cat's history. But on the occasion we've had to see someone else, they've been awesome! They've taken the time to read our pet's history before administering care. They've been nothing but loving and gentle with our two cats. The facility is clean and they seem to have the most updated equipment. I'd recommend this hospital to anyone!
My 20-year old best kitty friend had cancer and was in her last stages of life. It was extremely hard watching her suffer; we decided this morning it was in her best interest to allow her to cross over with dignity. I had never been to Brooklyn Animal Hospital before we took Daisy in this afternoon. They were so compassionate and professional. I was allowed to hold my dear cat while the medicine helped her to end her suffering. Thank you for your caring and support! We now have a family vet for life.
Fantastic prices to care for your pets. Dr. Metz has helped me be able to take care of my pets properly without going broke in the process . The prices are excellent and Dr. Metz is a good vet. Its not fancy but the building is clean and the waiting room is large. I would be lost without this place - i do a lot of rescue to and wouldnt be able to have all the animals spayed and neutered and FULLY VETTED before adoption if i didnt use this vet . THANK YOU ... a much needed wonderful caring veterinary !
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.