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91114 N Harrison StEugene, OR 97408
From Business: Coburg Veterinary Clinic & House Calls For Pets is a small animal veterinary clinic serving Coburg and the surrounding communities. We offer compassionate, qualit…
1020 Green Acres Rd Ste 5Eugene, OR 97408
From Business: VCA Delta Oaks Animal Hospital has become the focal point of pet healthcare in north Eugene. Delta Oaks is unique in that each of our doctors has more than 25 yea…
3880 W 11th AveEugene, OR 97402
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
4965 Barger DrEugene, OR 97402
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I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for the care and love you've given to my dear red tabby, Petey.
To all who work there- you deal with difficult situations everyday, but we dont. Thank you for remembering that and treating our animals and us with compassion, care and understanding.
I want to thank Patricia and everyone at Cat Care for all your kindness, help, time, and service. You have helped restore my Lucy! She is truly a different Kitty than when we first came in about a year ago. My brother highly recommended Cat Care when I was looking for a new vet and I am so happy we went with you guys. Thank you!
We so appreciate everything you did to help keep our Arthur as healthy as possible. His quality of life can only be attributed to the terrific care you offer. Thank you.
I want to thank Dr. Samsell and Dawn for their tender touch with Emme. I brought her in for sedation for a 10 hour drive. She is terribly scardy cat, but with the calm and gentle manner in which she was examined you would never know it. The drive took 12 hours and I had to dose her tiwce. She fought and cried (weakly) for about 2 hours and then finally settled down. She's adjusting to her new home (she is an only child now) but will never be fan of travel! Thanks for your care and concern!
I want to thank Dr. Shea for giving Duke a peaceful passing. She and her assistant, Dawn were very gentle and caring. They treated him with respect and tenderness he deserved. He had a great 20 years, but it was time for this old warrior to finally rest. I miss him very much, but am thankful for all the years of love, laughter, and companionship he provided.
The gentle handling of my once wild stray cat was heart warming. Rarely have I had a vet who didin't ultimately treat my pet as a means to an end. The end being a new Mercedes. These guys are great!!
I wish I had as good of luck finding a doctor for myself as I did for my cats here.
These folks are wonderful. Very attentive and concerned about caring for your cat. I would recommend them to any cat owner.
Dr. Shea took her time in examining our pet in order to determine the best treatment. The staff is friendly and professional. I highly recommend this facility.
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.