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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.
As a pet owner all my life, I have had my share of midnight runs to pet emergency hospitals over the years. Some experiences were much better than others...some just plain terrible. My experience with Pet Emergency in Fort Lauderdale was top notch and I am very happy to write this review. I do not think my dog would have lived if I had taken him elsewhere. I called in advance to notify them I was on my way with my chihuahua, whoes trachea was closing and he was struggeling to breathe. His tongue was turning blue and I knew if I didn't get him help immediately he was going to die. They met me at the door, calmed me down, took my tiny pet in the back and saved his life. In the meantime the tech at the front desk talked to me and kept going to the back to give me updates on his condition. Her kindness went beyond what I would expect and was more than appreciated. They kept my little dog overnight for observation and when I returned the following morning to pick him up the vet came out and spoke to me at length. I was given excellent advice in order to avoid anoth reoccurance, meds to help his condition and a follow up phone call late the next afternoon. Over and above!! Thank you Pet Emergency!! You saved my little pets life and made this horrible experience much less painful with your caring kindness to me while my pet was being saved.
Southport is my new Veterian center for my pet needs. I cannot express more appreciation for the care they gave my Sheltie Five-Oh , who recently underwent emergency surgery for a condition that I was not even aware of.Shelties have thich coats and my Five-Oh is like a furry teddy bear.When I went to the vet I thought I was going because my dog was vomiting but after a close examine the vet found a punture under the fur where he had ingested a stick that was not festering into a large wound. You could not see this unless you shaved the dog.It just never occured to me that this could be his problem.They did an emergence surgery and cleaned it all out.The vet was very concerned and treated my Five-Oh better than own doctor does me sometimes. The staff was just great and so friendly I just want to say a big Thanks . The price was great and the Vet Jon Paul went above and beyond in his service treating other small problems at the same time. You are the best. G G Goda
Dr. Christopher Smith not only saved our dog's life, but kept us (scared owners) well informed pre & post surgery. His expert clinical skills caught a life threatening event during a routine visit. We are so very grateful to him & his staff. He is very thorough, not like typical vets that rush in & out quickly. His explanations were easy to comprehend (not full of difficult to understand medical terminology). He truly works in the best interest of the patient whether it be a dog, cat, etc! His love for animals is obvious & genuine. He called us promptly after lab results arrived & did not leave this task for a secretary. It's evident that he loves what he does. Again, we can not give enough accolades to this animal clinic that saved our pug, Milo. This is the ONLY place I'd bring my furry 4-legged best friend! GREAT PRICES, PROFESSIONAL & CARING STAFF, and TOP NOTCH VETERNARIANS
Our 6-year-old papillon Romeo was very lethargic, vomited, etc 7pm Thursday. My vet, gentle care, recommend LVS. They saw him immediately. Money was an issue, we don't have much, but they worked with us & gave him more treatments then we could afford & did not ask us to pay the full amount quoted. . I was crying my eyes out thinking my little dog was going to die because I'm poor. My heart was totally broken! I am eternally grateful to the vet & staff who were wonderful. They all were so kind, patient & understanding. But most of all, they gave us back out sweet Romeo. He still has a bit of follow up & recovery to do but he's still with us & that's all that matters. I'm sorry about the bad reviews I read & more than sorry to heartbroken pet owners. But I have no complaints with LVS & hope I never have to use them again but if I did I would. Thank you all again & forever for saving my baby����
Ditto to all the positive reports of these three wonderful Vets! I can't believe the negative reports except to say that everyone has a bad day! I started going to Bayview about 5 years ago after my former vet almost killed my newly diagnosed diabetic 10 year old cat twice in two days. (I gave him a second chance.). After the emergency vet saved his life twice at a cost of $1800, I was advised to take my cat to Rudd Nelson at Bayview, which is very conveniently located. I have 6 cats, 2 dogs, and a 23 year old yellow-napped Amazon, so I have had lots of experiences,including several emergency calls, to see the magic that the whole staff performs! Just recently they saved my 10 year old Ragdoll from kidney failure! I would and have recommended these vets to anyone, because in 99% of the time they perform miracles. (I am sorry for those 1% ers who have had a not so great experience.)
I have 2 dogs that I have been taking to Fort Lauderdale Veterinary Center for almost 2 years now. First: the hospital itself is very nice, very clean, smells good, and beautifully designed. Second: the staff is always welcoming and very knowledgable. When I come in me and my dogs are always greeted with a warm smile and my dogs loves the attention. Third: the doctor is unlike any other. Dr. Gonzalez knows exactly what he's doing and is not in the business of doing things that are unnecessary. Everything from cost to the procedure is expressly laid out for me so i can truly make an informed decision. Dr. Gonzalez treats my pets as if they were his own and truly makes me feel so comfortable when they are in his care. Fort Lauderdale is lucky to have such a great vet in the area and I encourage everyone who loves their pets to bring them to a place where they'll be love just as much.
This is one busy place! Because the demand to get quality care from Bayview Animal Clinic is so great. Sometimes I have to wait, sometimes not at all. The trade off is superior care. My vet is Dr. Nelson.Tough decision was made for my cat. Dr. Nelson and I talked about the best route of treatment (long term & short term) balanced with the smartest cost option (Take the initiative and ask). I am disabled w/ limited income. Sadly, my cat "lil girl" had her eye removed, but because the compassion that Dr. Nelson has, has saved her life once again. Dr. Nelson has saved her life 3 times!. Because of him, she has lived a healthy 9 1/2 yrs. now and will continue to live a full long life.Are they the cheapest? No. Do you have to wait sometimes? Yes. Does the front desk get hectic? YUP! Do I trust Dr. Nelson? 1000 percent!!! I am forever grateful :)
BEST CARE YOUR ANIMAL CAN GET! Dr. Christopher Smith not only saved our dog's life, but kept us (scared owners) well informed pre & post surgery. His expert clinical skills caught a life threatening event during a routine visit. We are so very grateful to him & his staff. He is very thorough, not like typical vets that rush in & out quickly. His explanations were easy to comprehend (not full of difficult to understand medical terminology). He truly works in the best interest of the patient whether it be a dog, cat, etc! His love for animals is obvious & genuine. He called us promptly after lab results arrived & did not leave this task for a secretary. It's evident that he loves what he does. Again, we can not give enough accolades to this animal clinic that saved our pug, Milo.
I brought my dog to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists for the first time when she required after hours emergency care. Just the prior day, someone from the local pet food store provided their number as a "just in case" ER Vet. And I am so thankful for that. Dr. Stavros treated her that night in ER and Dr. Zaslow the next as her critical care specialist. They both immediately put me at ease and felt great relief knowing my dog was in great hands. I trust their knowledge, intentions and ability. They communicate directly, yet patiently, so questions didn't linger after leaving the office. I highly recommend them, especially in time when our pets need the BEST care! Thank you all for taking such good care of my precious baby...
We love Dr. Javier and his team! First class care. The care is very personalized. I have sent him pictures in a text message when I think something is just not right with one of our two four legged kids and he responds back immediately-most often than not letting me know all is okay and no reason to come in. Who does that in this day and age! Any other Vet would want you to come in to charge you for an office visit. You never feel like a number. It's about the best care and fair costs. Dr. Javier and his team give back supporting and raising funds and awareness for many animal charities and doing his part to at in charge take care of animals in need. We have two Golden's and Dr. Javier has been our family pet doctor for 8 years.
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.