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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.
When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
Paying for your vet's veterinary costs can get tricky. Learn how to make the most of your vet visits and pay for your furry friend…
The staff is always so friendly and helpful! They explain everything and treat my pets (4 cats / 2 dogs) as their own. Can't say enough good things about Dalton Animal Care, Dalton Animal Care North or Kitty Korner!
This is not a review to say I'm hateful or didn't like this vet but these people are terrible at their job. I have taken two of my dogs in deadly situations and all thy did was charge me more than 500 dollars and told me to put them down. Off course I didn't instead I took them to Chattanooga and yes they charged me a lot of money but they saved both of my dogs. They are healthy an alive. I'm writing this because my sister'a dog was beaten by bees and she took him there. She didn't know any better and the dog was fine, he just needed proper care but instead of that they told her to put him down. They didn't even check him. Off course she did it since she thought they were doing everything but they didn't. They didn't even try, they just want to get money and put all dogs down. Don't take your pets here if they are sick. Take them if they need shots because that's all they know how to do. I will never take my pets here ever again. There is a very nice place in Chattanooga and in Calhoun don't take them to Dalton vets ever again
I took my 2 dogs there for several years until dr Higdon put them on antidepressant for allergies. I took my dog to 2 other vets in the area and they couldn't figure out why that was given to my dog. I now have new vet and my dog is on allergy medicine that is meant for allergies. Always look up on the Internet to see what your pills that your giving your dog really are
I had to bring my 7 year old Chihuahua (Boo) in due to cluster seizures. She's had seizures before but never like this and needed attention as soon as possible, however, our regular veterinarian was out due to a death in the family. I am always very cautious when it involves the health of one of my Chi's and do not like going places where we do not know the staff. I was pleasantly surprised as soon as we walked into Animal Hospital of Whitfield County! The staff was wonderful!!! Everyone was extremely friendly, helpful, and understanding. They took her back very quickly and Dr. German was amazingly knowledgeable about the entire situation. She made us feel very comfortable and we knew that Boo was in good hands! Boo has the medication she needs and I am happy to say that she has not had a seizure for over 12 hours now! Animal Hospital of Whitfield County is completely marvelous! If I could rate you 20 stars I would! Thank you so much for your time and compassion! You're all truly fantastic!
I have a tiny furbaby and Dr German has been her doctor from day one. We came so close to losing her due to a reaction to a med. It was a Sat morning just before they were closing and I live almost 45 min away. I called and they told me to bring her asap. And as always every slow driver in the state got in front of me but thank goodness we made it 5 mins before they closed. Dr German meet me at the door with arms out to take her ! All I could do was cry see my Shila is a year old this month and just tips the scale at 2 lbs at that time she didn't even weight much over a pound. The staff was so kind every time I called before getting to the office and I called a lot. Dr German got her to breath and stopped the release of her body fuctions had her back on her tiny little feet in no time ! Dr German was an angel to us that day and will always be!! Shila loves to go visit her! The staff let's her stand on the counter up front and knows her by name ! I know for a fact that the doctors hurt over the lost of their furbabies just as much as any one else they cry just like everyone else when they lost one of their babies just as we do. I have seen the staff sit and bottle feed a tiny baby only a day or so old! He talked to it rubbed its tummy washed its tiny little face as well as its bottom then explained to the owner in great detail as to how they too would have to feed and wash and rub to help it get strong enough to make it! They care about our babies and our babies love them!!? I will never be able to tell Dr German thank you enough for saving my baby!!! Yes Shila is spoiled but that's what I have her for ! We love our Vets and Staff !!!
My family moved here from Florida with our 4 furbabies....one of our Doxies became paralyzed....Dr. German was wonderful and very encouraging. Dr. German is knowledgable and wonderful with our babies. The staff is friendly and our babies love it there. We have recommended this vet to many and they also love them too.
With all vets as well as doctors we have good and bad services as well as good and bad staff, however I too have received both good and bad service here, but what we sometimes seem to overlook is that they too are people with lives and issues and circumstances that we don't consider. I have 5 dogs that are patients here and have been for about 5 yrs. with a lot of emergencies and issues over the last 2 yrs and they have taken care of my babies and got them back home safe and alive with me..... They have taken care of my animals like my children and though good and bad days they do the best they can do to insure the best care for the patients (animals) they see. I will continue to use them because they have always taken the time to answer my questions and care for my animals when needed. There will always be people you don't click with in all different types of situations but that shouldn't affect your decision on the care for your animals because the doctors and staff here do the best they can for our animals and sometimes it's just their time to say good-bye and no one could have saved them...... Thank them for the job and care they do Provide because ask yourself could you do this on a daily basis? Thank you all for your care and concern and taking care of my babies here @ Animal Hospital of Whitfield County ...........
Do not ever use them - took two of my birds there because they are the only place in town that will see birds. Both times my birds dropped dead within hours of receiving their first dose of medicine from them.
Higdon Animal Hospital is by far, one of the best Veterinarian hospitals in the region. Dr. Danny Higdon is very knowledgeable and helpful to his patients. The rest of his staff, Molly and Rebecca, are very courteous, professional and knowledgeable as well and you can tell they really love all animals. I've been taking my pets there for years and will continue to do so. I highly recommend this hospital.
Went to him for a second opinion on a dog that needed knee surgery. He and his staff seemed very knowledgeable and friendly. He ended up referring us to the RIVER for the surgery, but I would not hesitate to go see them again.
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.