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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.
Our 6 year-old Goldendoodle was diagnosed in July 2011 w/ Bone Cancer by this amazing medical team. They educated us on what they were seeing in the exams, took time to consult w/ other doctors & specialists, advised us where to go for further specialized treatment for Dakoda's care and continued to provide wonderful customer service through the care of our "first born" as we needed various medications (even their fabulous Receptionist, Raney, bringing the medicine out to our car since I had two young children w/ me each visit). When our family took part in an American Cancer Society Walk in October LPVH offered their encouragment & support by being a vendor, donating items for the silent auction & raffle. When Dakoda passed away in November 2011 Lone Peak was there once more to send a very heartfelt card of sympathy which EACH member of their staff had wrote a special note to our family w/ some including a favorite memory of when Dakoda would visit for baths, yearly exams & then of course during the course of his cancer diagnosis and treatments. Things don't always go as we'd like (i.e. Dakoda passing), but Lone Peak gave such genuine love & care for him and even extended that encouragement & care to us as his family. Fortunately, Dr. Halter at Lone Peak had even recommended to us to get pet insurance on Dakoda since Goldendoodles are a fairly new breed...that helped us provide the best possible care of Dakoda during his fight w/ cancer in order to prevent him from being in pain & offer the best quality of life during the time he had remaining w/ us. I cannot express our family's gratitude enough for Lone Peak being apart of our life nor could I recommend them enough for all your furry family member's needs.
We started going to Lone Peak nearly 20 years ago, and we lived nearly 20 miles away at the time. Someone had made an excellent recommendation, to go there. It was worth the drive. We have lived much closer, since that time, but would have continued to make the drive in any case. I remember one holiday season, when our veterinarian, Dr. Way, dropped everything and came down to see one of our pets, who had been having a struggle. Everything turned out fine, but it might not have, if she had not offered to come--at that time no after hours clinics were open. Long story short, what I like most is that Dr. Way looks for the positive. She attends veterinary conferences every year and keeps abreast of the times and of the latest innovations as well as new information regarding previously accepted treatment. Her focus is on how to make and keep animals healthy. She outlines all options, and leaves making the best choice under the circumstances to the pet owner. When our vet is not available, there is always another caring and conscientious veterinarian there to help. The entire staff cares, not just about the human clients, but also about their furry, or not-so-furry friends. Animal abusers will avoid Lone Peak!
To anyone looking for a Veterinarian and staff that will treat your pet as if it was their own, then this is the place. Truly AWESOME people work with Dr. Chris Moore. An amazing doctor who cares for you and your pet. The experience I had was life changing. I had a puppy who was diagnosed correctly by Chris with a congenital birth defect, renal failure. Through the whole process my wife and I were treated with so much compassion, respect and love by not only Chris and his wife, but the entire staff that even when we made the choice to put our little puppy dog Grizz to sleep, we knew right then and there that for as long as we lived in this area and had little fluffy extensions to our family and in our home we were not going to frequent any other animal doctor. We now have 2 little fluffy extensions, Bruin and Nalle, to our family and fully trust and appreciate the excellent level of care our pets receive in the impressively capable hands of Dr. Chris Moore and the staff of Draper Animal Hospital. From my heart and soul, Thank you. Best Regards, Thomas R. Petty and all the Petty Celebration
We are grateful for what Dr. Orr and Creekside did for us. We were out of town and had someone staying with our dogs. On a Saturday afternoon one of our dogs, a 11 year old boxer mix escaped and couldn't find her way home. She actually walked a few miles to our old neighborhood. One of Creekside's clients found our dog and took her in to the animal hospital. Dr. Orr and his team placed our dog in a kennel due to the fact that the shelters were closed for the weekend. We had a family member driving around our neighborheed looking for the dog and she found the person who took our dog to Creekside. We then got Creekside's phone number and contacted them on an after hours number. Once we got a hold of Dr. Orr he went to Creekside after hours and got us our dog. We wanted to compensate them for their time and they would not take our money. We are so thankful they took in our dog even though we weren't their clients and they didn't know who the dog belonged to. We would recommend Creekside to anyone we can as their compassion got our dog Kyla back home to us.
I am amazed at the work Dr. Moore did with the surgery of my dog. He had a tumor growing over his eye, but had not bothered him much. I had had it checked and it was not cancer earlier that year. It was beginning to be harder for him to see out of that eye, but it did not slow him down. I had been out of work ,and was hoping to get him in for surgery when I got back to work. However, he scratched it causing a LOT of bleeding. I called my vet who could not get him into surgery for at least two days or more. I then called Dr. Moore and he saw him right away, and did the surgery the same day. He was afraid he would lose his eye, because the tumor had gone into his eyelid. The surgery took more hours than Dr. Moore had thought, and as I understand was very tegious. Today Sir Raffles is beautiful and has no real scaring and has a great life, because of Dr. Moore. Eathel
I have 1 special needs dog. Another that is truly scared of people and hates men outside of our home. The atmosphere and positive energy flowing through the air is absolutely amazing. If I hadent seen it with my own eyes I would never of believed it. Not one but both of my dogs let Dr. Chapman treat them not only with office visits, but with chiropractic adjustments. I now have two dog's that are no longer afraid of going to the clinic. We have Wagging tailes and enough kisses to go around for all. Their body language shows enough for me..And did I forget to mention it's CLEAN and a pleasant staff. I absolutely recommend Draper Animal Hospital! Thank you for making my 4 legged kids comfortable and at ease.
We met Dr. Moore's wife at Draper Days where they had a tent set up during the festivities with information about pet care. Later, our neighbor's dog ingested snail bait and almost died if it hadn't have been for Draper Animal Hospital & Dr. Moore's timely assistance. Our experience at Draper Animal Hospital was excellent. The staff was very accomodating and super friendly. We were impressed by not only their knowledge but the many number of years experience their staff have. They seemed very committed to what they do. We will definetly recommend them to our friends.
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.