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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 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 planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
We just moved to the Springs and we were looking for a vet that we could trust. Our friends told us about Yorkshire and had nothing but great things to say about it. We were a little hesitant because it is so far away from our house but decided to go anyway. They were awesome! From the receptionists to the staff in the back, they were all great! We have two huskies and one of which is very nervous when it comes to the vet. The veterinarian made him feel at ease every time he got nervous. We were so used to being treated horribly which was by another vet in another town that when we went to Yorkshire we didn't know what to expect, but we will definitely be using Yorkshire from now on. The only thing is that they were a little more expensive than what we were used to, but I would gladly pay how ever much to have my animals taken care of properly and for us to be treated with respect.
I have been going yo Hamletts since they were at the bolder location. They are always busy and schedule up fast, but it is because they are good. Good vets are worth the wait. I don't know how they could be butchering animals when both of my male cats and male dog had beautiful stitches. The times for surgeries is an appointment (so they dont overbook)but walk in basis. My advice is to show up the earliest time and for vaccinations walk in. Less waiting time, the earlier you come. I have never seen the receptionists get rude before, but id imagine they have bad days with rude patient owners. All of my pets and future pets will go there. I have a spay appointment for my new girl kitty in two weeks. They are the cheapest for shots and surgeries, with good vets. All of my animals recovered with no infections or complications (:
Perfect veterinary clinic in my opinion! I love my animals, but have grown so weary of the high exam fees, battery of shots and tests recommended and exorbitant costs. I found this place based on good reviews online and they weren't wrong. From my original call, to checking me in and out, the desk staff was so friendly, efficient and helpful. Dr. Deb herself was so personable and nice and knew exactly what to do for my Chelsea's ingrown claw. The cost was very minimal, not the usual fleecing I have had to endure from other vets. Even though they are several miles south of my area, and in a very unassuming basic setting, (which I am certain is passed on in the reasonable fees), I will henceforth visit this clinic for all my pet needs. Wish I could give more than five stars! I thank Dr. Deb and her whole staff!
We had been going to another widely recognized vet office and in the last year starting receiving less than satisfactory service. Based on a recommendation, we transferred our dog records here. We have found everyone to be welcoming and professional. Unfortunately, we took one of our dogs in to have a check up because she wasn't acting right. She had a very large tumor in her stomach that was basically inoperable. Dr Alex had never met her before, but during the entire euthanasia process was warm, caring and kept petting her and kissing her. Even after she passed he continued to sit with us and pet her! I have NEVER experienced such compassion from any other vet and we are over 50 years old and have had dogs our whole life. I would definitely recommend this office and specifically Dr Alex.
We have been taking our animals here since 1984 when we moved here from Germany. We moved to the Black Forest in 1998 and even though it is a long drive in we have continued to take our animals there. Both Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Boley and all of the staff are absolutely amazing. We were in the mandatory evacuation area of the Black Forest Fire and they called to make sure we were alright and if we needed anything to call them. Our yellow Lab will be 15 years next month and when it is time, we know they will be there for us. Our 11 year Golden was extremely ill in Feb. and they pulled her through. We had gone out of town and they called us twice a day and when she could finally sit up they sent us pictures. They go above and beyond!!! Kudos to ALL. Doug and Deb
So happy we found this place. We scheduled our cat for a dental estimate for having a broken tooth extracted. The office staff were really friendly and considerate. The waiting room is spacious and comfortable. They have two adorable live-in cats roaming the premises; I think a clinic that has their own little furry mascots says a lot about their love for animals. My cat was really stressed from the drive but the tech and vet were very gentle with her which we appreciate so much. The vet was very well-spoken and explained everything about our cat's blood work, her diet, the intended procedure, as well as cost to us so that we felt completely comfortable. I can't say how much I appreciate how considerate they all were. Just all around awesome!
Dublin Animal Hospital is one of the very few veterinary offices that you can go to in order to have an exotic pet properly assessed and cared for. They did a fantastic job of helping my iguana recover fully after a horrible injury. They were very caring, professional, and effective. I take my rabbits there because they have the only veterinarian I could find in Colorado Springs whom is qualified to work on them (yes, rabbits are considered exotics). When my mother's cat became ill on the day before Easter and needed to be seen immediately, they took the cat on the same day regardless of the holiday weekend and how busy they already were. I have had only good experiences there!
My two dogs both developed an itch on their bellies and 3 local vets all said the same thing, they have an allergy. I knew this was wrong, both had the problem. I knew their would be a special vet. with the experience to properly diagnose. A friend recommended Deborah Germeroth at High Country Veterinary and with her experience, she figured it out. She had been a vet in Alaska and saw the problem on sled dogs who laid in hay. We recently had spread hay in the back yard and the dogs got a parasite from it. Deb is one of the very best vets in the area, she is my first choice.
I actually think this place is alright. When my 17 year old cat began feeling terrible I took him to our regular vet, but was not happy with their suggestions. I knew his teeth were a problem and decided to try this place for their opinion. I don't remember the doctors name, but he was very informative and gentle. He listened to me too. My kitty was too old to have any major teeth work done, but this man helped. He taught me how to give my boy fluids and provided me with the supplies needed to do so. His health improved once he was hydrated. It meant a lot to me.
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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.