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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…
Awesome, very sweet with each patien she gets to know them, explains everything. Very thorough. I was given her name by a friend. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs to take their animals for medical care.
Have taken 3 dogs and 7 cats for surgery and vaccines, excellent service,great prices.,the staff was great with the animals.No problems whatsoever with any of them. Would highly recommend.
For over 15 years, I took my pets to a clinic on Governor's Avenue. In the end, they let me down in so many ways, I was looking for a more cooperative and professional vet clinic. Having visited Brenford North years ago, I was thrilled when Brenford South was opened, just 6 miles north of my home in Felton. To my complete surprise, the first Doctor I met was Dr. Karen Usselman, who greeted me with a huge smile, and I felt like I had met a new friend. She had tons of knowledge, and her outgoing personality blended with my own. She also laughed at all of my homemade jokes, a very good sign. I trusted her immediately and implicitly with my beloved dogs, Jillie and Andre, who mean the world to me.Later, I met Dr. Jeffrey Booth, who tended to my population of 26 rescued feral cats and kittens. His vast knowledge, sensitivity and tenderness working with the kits was amazing. I realized I had met yet another fabulous human being. It was a surprise to learn that my new Doctors were married to each other, which makes perfect sense to me. 'Like' people gravitate to each other it seems.All in all, I would never leave Brenford South. Why? Because you satisfy all of my needs PERFECTLY ... I do not have a single wish or complaint. If I could give Brenford South 10 stars, that's what you would get from me, oh yes indeed!
We took our male cat there to get neutered. Everything went well. We were handed our cats soiled linen from his kennel in a bag. That made me happy that he wasnt laying in it. He was a little bit out of it which was expected. It took him a few days once he got the anesthsia out of his system to get back to normal. He healed nicely. I had another cat from previous times that I had taken to the animal hospital on 8 and he acted the same way, so i think everything went well at this clinic and such easier prices to handle.
They are very friendly and compassionate to help you. They helped even when our normal vet wouldn't , I can't say enough for them James
The Spay Neuter Clinic is not only a terrific idea - it's staffed with wonderful, caring professionals! Dr Alstasia Waters and her staff are terrific every time I come in - from vaccinations and microchipping our young rescue Shepherd to taking care of our older dog's dentistry needs. Definitely the place to go! Outstanding prices too.
We took our dog there Tuesday and used our credit card and looked at account and they've charged us 3 times for one visit...we got the excuse that it was the credit card system....our attorney will be involved by monday
Unprofessional! Picked up my cat he was covered in urine and his bedding was soaked. Made contact with Corp they did nothing and so did this office! Was never informed on either one of my cats that certain vaccines were done in series until I received notice for cat that I made complaint about.... So I paid for vaccines on 2 cats that they failed to inform me were series! Do not take your pets there! They do not care!
I would disagree with the review by buster. I have brought two dogs and two cats to the Spay Neuter Clinic for surgery. Both male and female. I have had nothing but excellent experiences there! I would highly recommend this low-cost spay and neuter clinic to anyone looking to have their cat or dog spayed or neutered. Yes my cats were little drowsy when they got home. But that's to be expected! They just had major surgery! Sometimes anesthesia doesn't wear off only for over 24 hours. It just depends on the pet.
This is for the North location on Dupont Hwy. I am new to the area and rely on posted reviews. This facility had good reviews so I chose to take my 13 year old cat for dental care. The initial visit went as planned. He had an exam and blood work. I asked multiple times for plan of care and pricing for dental cleaning and 2 extractions and was told $500-$700, but never received a breakdown. I travel a lot and have been to multiple veterinarians. Usually a signature is required for care, including lab work. That did not happen prior to the blood work or prior to the procedure. When I dropped him off for the procedure, I requested a print out again, but the doctor just rattled off cost of IV, fluids, cleaning, etc. I said I couldn't really afford more than $500, and she said that should be OK. They recommended 3 extractions and I agreed to 2 only when I dropped him off. I signed a paper that said call me with any additional work. I went to pick him up and found they did a total of 5 extractions without my permission. The doctor did not come in to discuss my furiousness when I picked him up. A tech did speak with me to try to explain, but it didn't really instill me with confidence. He had to have both of canines removed and large holes were present. The cost ended up being $600 in addition to the $300 I already put out for the initial exam and blood work. They did not call me to follow up after the procedure. I called a week later to say he still wasn't acting normal, and it looked like there was redness, swelling and pus in the canine holes. I brought him back in for a re-exam (which they didn't charge me for since he was having complications - the only reason I gave them 2 stars). The doctor that saw him said "I've been doing this for 18 years and have never seen anything like this ... I'm just taking him in the back to have another doctor take a look." She wanted to sedate him again and flush the holes "because I don't really know what's going on". She came back and told me she gave him an injection of steroids. Again, she didn't discuss this with me FIRST. Still not instilling any trust at this point. I decided to get his records and go to a different animal hospital. When reviewing the records, it looks like in addition to the steroid injection I did not approve of, she also gave him an antibiotic injection and a vitamin B12 injection. I would never have even known this if I didn't request his records. How is OK to just treat an animal without the owner's approval???!!!When I went to the other animal hospital, the doctor knew there was an infection and assumed retained products after the extraction. They did need to sedate him again to treat him. They did an X-ray (which Brenford never did) and found retained root fragments. The doctor had to drill an opening and flush him out. He sutured the holes to prevent foreign bodies from lodging (which he said was also probably a factor in the infection). My cat has now had 6 visits to a veterinary office in 2 weeks, and I've put out about $2000.
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.