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Many people ask me why I travel from Lake Worth for all my veterinarian needs. The answer can be summed up in two words - Dr Hack. Dr Hack has been more than a vet to my pets. Her loving nature and extraordinary knowledge has given them the gift of long lives. Other Drs would have thrown their hands up given the challenges my pets have faced. Yet Dr Hack leaves no stone unturned when it comes to options available. She patiently discusses treatment options- care - protocols - and seems to anticipate and respond to concerns giving you the ability to become a true partner in your pets care. Her demeanor - and her love for animals is further exhibited in the Team she has built. The staff as well are professional - sincerely care and exhibit a true love for those in their care. So I guess it’s pretty obvious why the journey is worth every mile and why I wouldn’t consider stopping by any other vets office while in route.
This Vet is the perfect description of what a animal doctor, intelligence, compassionate, caring, really mean. To say that he is not motivated in any thing other than fixing your animals health is a COMPLETE UNDERSTATEMENT. This Dr. is truly an angel. From our family to yours, many thanks..
My husband and I had to put our very old and sick (18 year old) kitty down. Dr. Stetzer was very competent and compassionate. His staff was extremely helpful and caring during and after the whole process as well. We will be using their services for our three dogs and two cats in the future. We've been looking for a "veterinary home" and now we've found it!
Misdiagnosed my dogs and then would not refund for xrays that were not needed after I took him to another vets to find out he simply had hook worms.
Dr Stetzer and his team are the best! My dog is almost 10 years old and this office is by far the best I have encountered. They are very knowledgeable and quick to help with any issues involving my dog. I would recommend them 100%!
Hands down! Central Animal Hospital is the best! Dr. Stetzer and his staff are so compassionate and very knowledgeable. I have 4 dogs and 2 cats. Unfortunately, I have had to call Dr. Stetzer on an emergency basis for two of my dogs and he told me to come right over! He and his staff took such good care of by two babies, who had to stay the night. Dr. Stetzer even came in on SUNDAY to examine them and let me come pick them up. My dogs recognize the building when we pull up to his office and get so excited! They love to go to vet! Thank you, Dr. Stetzer and your wonderful staff, for all you've done for my fur babies!!
Dr. Stetzer and staff have gone over and beyond for me and my family of fur! I would highly recommend him! Everyone who works there cares and tends to the animals in a compassionate way. Unlike other veterinary hospitals, you are not just a "number," here you really are family! Thanks for all you do!
She is the BEST there is. Compassionate, incredibly knowledgeable, even beyond the scope of her practice. Innovative and practical. I would NEVER EVER go to anyone else.
I called this vet on his cell phone that he said I could use in an emergency. I left a message that my sisters dog was very sick and should be seen immediately. He never called back actually never returned the call ever! I have 6 dogs and my sisters have dogs as well. If a vet cannot even take your call in a serious emergency that is not a vet I want on my list of contacts. I called today because my 2 dogs are very ill. I explained the situation which I feel is very serious. They made it so difficult to make an appointment and acted as though they could not care less about my dogs. I called back to tell them I wanted to cancel my appointment and start using another vet and they simply said ok we removed you from our records! What kind of vet is this I have spent over 2 thousand dollars there on the past 4 months and this is how they treat people. They could not have possibly offered to stay until 5:30 a half after they close to see my very sick dogs!!! Unfortunately my vehicle situation is not good right now so I could not make it there before then. The office manager is very young and not accommodating at all. These people need to understand that people have jobs and to close at 5 pm is just ridiculous. I am beyond appalled as my dog could die and their compassion and lack of it was just abominable. I will give this vets the worst reviews on every site possible. The vet is great but getting through the front desk staff is a feat in itself. Don't bother with this vet there are plenty of other great ones out there!
Fantastic! We love our vet! They offered free first time visit for each of our pets. They don't try to rush you out either, took their time making sure my cats were comfortable. Recently my cat was sick and they had me come in right away to get her checked out. Dr. Chadwick and his staff are fantastic and caring, he even remembered me from our previous visit!
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.