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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
Dr.Coldiron saved our precious (monkey)Bubbles he was so so gracious and wonderful to our Bubbles and our family,total God send.We truly have a testimony Bubbbles is going to be 30 years old in Jan 2015 ,our family raised her since she was a baby,Long story short I didn't know you had to have a monkey licence ,anyway I was fined and given 30 days to get my licence..My own vet would not help me and not anyone could help,I have eight children most of them I fostered and adopted,we were all devastated on the thought of loosing her,At dinner my son Prayed God please send someone to help us with Bubbles,God we count on you and we will stand firm that your word is always true.That night I went to my Facebook and God being the wonderful God he is open Dr.Coldiron page him sitting with his Son and the word exotic animals...Oh my God I had never ever just message a stranger but I message him he was kind enough,to write back...I have my licence she is healthy and our family is forever grateful,My husband met with Dr.Coldiron and said he was awesome ,I message him and he always messagesd back,awesome wonderful Doctor for all our babies!Staff was so nice and kind he and his staff made you feel like family.Never one time doubted anything he said I can help you!Our God is good and Dr.Coldiron was our Angel.
After visiting 2 previous vet offices, I was recommended and subsequently ended up at Family Pet Hospital. My complaint about the other vets were that they treated my dog as some substandard species. They would drag and force her to accept the treatment given with obvious irritation of her nerves. When I came to Family Pet Hospital, they treated my Roxie like a member of our 'pack'. They seemed to understand that she is a valued member of our family. They gave her treats and toys. They spoke to her with a sweet and upbeat voice to help calm her nerves. We have been going there for 4 years now. Every yearly check up, shot, and the few emergency visits the treatment of my Roxie was outstanding! They have never treated her harshly or with a voice of irritation. They are gentle and understanding treating her with the respect and dignity she should be treated with. To make the service even better, they have always called and followed up the next day and again a few days later to see how she is doing. My own human doctors don't even do that for me. WOW! If you want you special four legged family member to be treated like a family member, you need to go to Family Pet Hospital. We are loyal customers. :)
Family Pet Hospital, Dr Bray and all of her staff are exceptional. I've taken my pets to them for many many years. I receive the same outstanding service each and every time I bring my pets into the office and they always take time to make each pet feel special. From getting a new pet to having to make the decision to euthanize, Dr Bray is honest, caring and very compassionate in sharing your options. She doesn't push unnecessary testing or treatment. She gives you the information to make a informed decision. My pets are my children, so I am very aggressive in my treatment options, but Dr. Bray always lets me know how this could affect quality of life vs more time. Letting go is never easy, but with their help I know my animals have had the best quality of life & care available.
There is no better place to take your pets. I've been coming here almost 10 years now and Dr.Newsome has been great with all of my family's pets. He has saved the lives of my cat and dog before, and I have also taken my pets in for well puppy/kitten check ups and routine surgeries and have not been disappointed with the service I've gotten from him. I've even had to have him put a dog down and all of the staff were wonderful during that time. The only issues I've had were a couple of times when the staff forgot to give me a medication or when they gave me a 6 month instead of the 12 month dose I paid for. The quality care that Dr.Newsome gives makes up for it though, and this place is also one of the cheaper vets to go to.
Everytime I board my dog here he gets treated wonderfully! He's old, blind, and going deaf and they still treat him very sweetly and gentle.They bathe him and keep him healthy and happy while I'm out of town. I took him to Woodland Trails animal hospital ONCE because Danforth was booked and my dog was treated horrible. When I got him back he had a bashed in bloodied up nose, was not bathed (and I paid for it) and the female vet I wouldn't mind hitting in the face. He was poorly looked after and he's nowhere near high maintenance! He just has a hard time 'seeing' his way around, literally. Take your pet to Danforth! They will treat it with respect no matter the condition, age, or breed. :)
I have used Acreview pet hospital for the last 10 years. I have never been disappointed in their service. The staff truly has a passionate heart for our 4 legged family members. They have always carefully weighed decisions about my animals care and at the same time been upfront and honest about the cost of my babies treatment plans. They work closely with community animal shelters in placing animals in a forever home, as well as doing all they can humanely to cut down on animal over-population. I would and do recommend them to anyone that truly loves their pet and wants the best for them!
Dr. Kennemer and staff are the best! They are always so friendly and helpful; they truly care about animals and their clients. I have had to make several "emergency" appointments and they are always accommodating, even on busy days. Dr. Kennemer is very patient and is great at explaining whatever the problem may be with your pet. We absolutely trust this clinic, our animals are our children, so a "nice" doctor simply would not be enough. If you are looking for a veterinarian and have high standards, as a pet owner should, Sunset Vet is highly recommended!!!!
If you do not consider your kitty just a cat but a member of the family then take them to this amazing clinic. I had struggled with other vet clinics and they had not taken care of my little man. They just tried pill after pill before charging me for a service that they did not do a good job on. This clinic was totally different. The prices were very good and the compassion and care they showed me and my furry family member were excellent. Clovis has found a new vet! He is now a healthy happy kitty. Thank you feline specialty!
We used to raise Chihuahuas and received excellent care. We still take our two two that we have left there. It's hard to find a Vet that is willing and adept with small breeds.Dr. Kennemer is great with the animals and shoots straight. If he doesn't quite know what the problem is he will tell you and give recommendations on what to watch for or keep the pet for further examination rather than take a shot in the dark. Vicki and the rest of the staff make the entire visit a joy. Sometimes I stay just to visit.
I've brought animals to Dr. Davis' clinic for five years. The staff over the years may have changed, but Dr. Davis sets the tone. Everyone there loves the animals. He also encourages the young people he hires and works around their schedules. They all go out of their way to care for my dogs & make me feel good about leaving them or diagnosing them. His practice has grown & the new doctors he hires are the best. If I'm ever worried, that's where I go for compassionate care for my pets, my "family."
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.