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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 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 prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
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.
Let me just say that they are very fast. I needed my dog to be seen THAT day and I had an appointment down 45 minutes later (could have been 30 minutes but chose the latter) Their front desk was friendly and welcoming. The only issue I had, and it's an issue where I am VERY hesitant to go back is the tech handled my dog very roughly. When the tech entered the room my dog greeted her kindly and was oh so excited to see her! That excitement quickly turned to fear as the tech handled my dog as if she could bite at any second. My dog has ALWAYS been very easily handled during exams by other techs and never fought but this tech seriously brought out the worse in my dog. She became fearful very quick. I will say that I was very pleased with their quick work when my dog had the allergic reaction of her vaccine as I was walking out the front door. They brought her back immediately and went to work on her. They also allowed us to stay in the room with her for a good hour until she became alert again and we felt comfortable taking her home. I'm just really skeptical taking her back because of that one person. She lacked warmth and compassion. She was not comforting AT ALL when we were afraid our dog was dying. She was ice cold, and straight forward. No warmth or comfort in her voice. No baby talking the dog and making the dog feel comfortable. This is the first time my dog has EVER fought with a technician. My dog normally enjoys her vet visits but the entire visit she was afraid and I felt guilty for that. Another thing is they really like to push extra services as much as possible. If an opportunity came up to sale something they were on it like white on rice. Will I go there again? Honestly, I don't think I will be making this place my normal vet. And I am in no way, shape, or form basing my review on my dogs allergic reaction to her vaccine as that would have most likely happened anywhere. I am basing my review on the employees and how I felt throughout the initial exam. Like I said, everyone was nice and I just happened to get the cold vet tech. I hope not all the vet techs are as chilling as the one I had.
Okay vet. Receptionist is always rude. Literally, one time I came in for an appointment. I wasn't on their schedule. They said they could take me which I appreciated. The receptionist insisted though that I was an inconvenience and I must've gotten a reminder card in the mail but that is NOT the same as an appointment. I never got a card in the mail. I mentioned that whatever I had, had the time on it at 8 am and she started arguing with me about it. Sure enough when I got home - I had an appointment card for 8 am that day and yet I was the one who got a lecture. The vet I saw was one of the younger, newer ones. She is okay - but not great. They are a bit more expensive then other vets as well. I am switching visits primarily because of the receptionist. I have been there 4 times and she is always in a horrible mood.
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.
Love the facility, the staff and doctors are genuine and will explain every step of taking care of your pet. They don't judge you, they actually applaud you for taking care of your pets. The senior doctor has been there for years and is great at everything and is known in the area for the best doctor to do surgery. I have gone to other doctors and he's the BEST. The staff is caring and shows nothing but love to every pet that comes in. I will recommend this facility to everyone that I know.
We've been bring our dogs here since we moved to the Dover area. The staff is always friendly, and I know they took great care of my dog during his recent surgery! We also have our dogs groomed here by Melody, and she is fantastic! She does such a great job - I think this is the best our dogs have ever looked! She is professional, reasonably priced, and you can tell she really loves the animals and what she does. I would highly recommend GAAH to any pet owner.
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.
I had just moved to Delaware when I needed immediate attention for my cat. My cat is a very timid and frightened kitty. The techs and vets were terrific making this visit a bit less stressful for both of us. I would highly recommend this emergency center to anyone especially in a time of crisis.
I have needed emergency services for my dog, Smokey..and the people at this emergency clinic are absolutely wonderful.Not only did they care for my pet in distress but they were very helpful and courteous for me. Thank you Delmarva Animal Emergency Center.
I have known and used Dr. Foor for at least 15 years and he is among the best vet I have ever encountered. Not only has he got a great animal instinct, but he tells you right to the point what is going on. I 100% whole heartedly reccommend this VET.
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.