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Amazing place I would not go anywhere else. They take such amazing care of all of my furbabies! The Doctos are awesome!!!
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This vet was born to do what he does. He helped us euthanize our dog Corky a couple of weeks ago. He was so gentle and empathetic and calming and professional. One million times better experience than we had in the past putting a dog down. We are forever grateful. He made such a sad thing, bearable because we knew Corky had the best most loving care in her last moments here with us.
After losing my husband, I fell head over heals for my two new yorkies. My new additions may have been very small, but I never could have imagined two tiny little animals being able to offer so much comfort while suffering so much heart ache and pain, being in my early 40's I still try to stay busy and do with 2 teenage daughters.... my little ones go every where with me and love it. I have dreaded vet appointments since as far back as I can remember, we have had pets all my life. Loading our beagle boxer in the car and now two little ones.... waiting in a waiting room to be seen was exhausting and I usually left with a headache from all the barking. I was looking for a vet since we had recently moved into Dallas, I saw Dr Koopmans ad in the phone book and as much as I hated the thought of the vet visit, I knew since he was mobile and came to my house then at least until I was a little further along since my loss, I would have to just spend the extra money so I didn't have to leave my house. Dr Koopman has the absolute best bed side manner and his professionalism was evident right away. He was professional, knowledgeable , took time to visit with my puppies right in my den floor. Of course the puppies did better than at the vet's office, they were safe in their own environment in their own surroundings. Dr K is the most wonderful vet I have had for any of my previous pets. He makes sure I understand what is going on with all my puppies and if I don't he will simply explain it to me in a way i do understand. No headaches when leaving the vet anymore, 10 other pets were not sharing the waiting room with barking and chaos around me. One of the best parts is I have cut the average time taking my pets in for routine check ups or should one be under the weather or has an injury not requiring me rushing them to an animal hospital. The deal sealer for me was when he handed me my invoice for services, I hesitated and was honest in saying I felt there was a mistake,.... it had cost me LESS than my previous vets I have had for the last 10 years....... He is honest and compassionate about his work and is the BEST we have had!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. KOOPMAN AND KNOW YOU TOO WILL SEE WHY I HESITATED IN WRITING THIS.... WE DON'T WANT OUR SECRET OUT, BUT COULD NOT SHARE THIS FIND!!!
Dr. Pam is the best vet. I have used her for years and will never go anywhere else!
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.