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3912 Fernandina RdColumbia, SC 29210
Dr. Suber and the entire staff at VCA are amazing! My dog had ongoing medical issues and Dr. Suber never gave up on him. Suber is not only kind and …
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Dr. Daniel and his staff are terrific! I recently added a lab puppy to my family from a reputable breeder in Virginia, and after having her for only…
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I have been at this clinic several times over the past four years. It has been a very painful experience. Four years ago, my female cat died while boarding at Five Points Animal Clinic. I did not know what to think of it at the time because I had never experienced the death of a pet and I was unfamiliar with cat diseases. I was told it was an incurable case of feline aids. However, my cat was bought in a pet store from a shelter that guaranteed that the cat did not have feline aids. But it died anyway, while boarding at Five Points Animal Clinic. Then, earlier this week my current, male cat had stayed at the clinic for a urinary problem. The catheter procedure set me back $900. That was not enough, because I was also informed that my cat was scared and had bitten a dog. Of course, my cat was scared in view of the procedure, but how on earth could it have been kept anywhere near another animal while staying at this clinic after a medical procedure? Shouldn't the clinic keep animals away from each other? Now, because of the biting, HDEC will visit me in my house to check that my (indoor) cat (who never gets outside) is kept quarantined in my house, although the biting took place while the cat was at Five Points Animal Clinic and there obviously not properly cared for. The vet told me of the biting with a smile on her face as if it was all a joke. Having officials from HDEC visit me in my home, because of the clinic's incompetence, is not funny to me. The vet also sought to make light of the situation by joking that she gets bit all the time. Apparently, the multitude of this vet's inadequacies amuses her! I have drawn the only right and proper conclusion from this sad state of affairs. I will avoid Five Points Animal Clinic, never ever go there again, and inform anybody I know with vets of the clinic's horrendous practices.
Five Points Animal Clinic is a wonderful and caring office. Recently had two dogs to be treated for and survive Parvo there. They could not have been more concerned and diligent. Have been going there for a number of years and have always had the best care for my pets.
We have used Five-Points Animal Clinic for a long time with all of our dogs & cats. They have always been courteous & friendly. They would allow us to bring any of our animals in at the drop of a hat. They even boarded one of our dogs that was over 100 lbs and very anxious. He tore up their fence and kennel, but we were not charged for that. They felt horrible that they couldn't have helped us more with his behavioral issues. I recommend Five Points Animal Clinic to everyone I know. We love them, and so do our pets!
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.