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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 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.
I have always taken my pets to Cedar Veterinary Hospital for a variety of reasons. Once, when my German Shepherd had a huge tick near his tail I was in a mixed state of disgust and disbelief. How could I have not seen this tick before? It was probably the size of a grape; swollen and throbbing. Disgusting. I threw Sadie in the car and we drove on over to Cedar because let’s be honest, I have no idea what to do about bugs and insects – especially ones that are sucking blood out of my beloved dog. When we got there we were seen right away and the gal at the front desk was very sweet about it. She seemed to understand where I was coming from and didn’t judge me at all about how a tick got on my dog. They took Sadie in the back room and only about 10 minutes later they reappeared. Sadie was fine, of course, but I had a ton of questions about Lyme disease, prevention, and how to remove them in the future. They gave me some good advice and even some preventative measures I could take around my house to be sure this wouldn’t happen again. I paid them a very affordable price and Sadie and I were on our way. All in all, it was a very quick, affordable, and informative trip. I’ve never received anything less than that from the docs at Cedar.
My sweet dog had been sick and declining for a couple of months when it was suggested she have an ultrasound, so I took her here to see Dr Dobbins. Because of emergencies, I did wait 3 hours and that was stressful but after that it went quickly. The ultrasound showed bad news and I knew my sweet girl was tired and had given up. I decided (against their estimated treatments of $1,400) for euthanasia. Dr Dobbins was professional, very supportive and very kind. He did not try to upsell me or get more money out of me. He went out of his way to tell me agreed with me. The vet tech was very sweet, sympathetic and professional. She administered the drugs gently, professionally, kindly, and my sweet girl went with a little sigh. I've been here in the past and was treated rudely and unprofessionally but for this visit - one of the hardest visits ever - my pet and I were treated very well and very kindly.
THEY ARE THE MOST CARING PEOPLE I HAVE EVER DELT WITH I DONATE FOR YEARS TO THE ASAPCA THEY WOULNDT HELP ME I DONATE TO PETA THEY WOULDNT EVEN TALK TO ME, I CALLED ABBEY PET THEY WERE RUDE AND WOULDNT HELP ME IM STAGE 4 CANCER I WEIGH 50LBS IM OLDER THAN MY AGE IM DYNING I LIVE ON MY SSD I TOLD ALL OF THE SAME THING YOU HAVE TO PAY 49.00 JUST TO WALK IN THAN IF THERE ARE TEST YOU ARE GOING TO PAY MORE AND I ALMOST GAVE UP AND MY LAST CALL WAS TO WATERHOUSE ANIMAL HOSPITOL I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO EVERY PERSON I NO AND I WILL TELL IT ON MY FACE BOOK HOW CARING THEY ARE THEY ACVTUALLY TOOK THE TIME TO HEAR ME OUT I SENT THEM A PICTURE OFF ME AND MY OBGYN DR I WAS A STOVE WITH A BUN IN THE OVEN I THOUGHT SEBNSE I CANT GO TO THE APPT THEY COULD SEE ME AND I SENT THEM A PICTURE OF MY BABY TAZEY
Thank you very much for the caring and kind gesture of the beautiful plant with the passing of our cat, Posh. We than you not only for these thoughtful deeds but also the loving, tender care she received form all of you the last couple of years. Thank you also for the compassion given to her at the end of her life. We realize it was as difficult for you as it was for us. We are very pleased with the cremation. Our little princess has found a special place in our home as she did in life. We were pleased to have her be part of our family as she left paw prints on our hearts, as she did with everyone who met her. Again, thank you very much, for your compassion. She is missed terribly.
My dog is like family to me and my spouse. There is nothing that I wouldn’t do for him. So when he wasn’t watching where he was running and smacked into a cement trashcan at the dog park, I was in a panic. His front right canine was chipped and I could see it wobbling- it needed to come out. I took him to Cedear Vet from the recommendation of a friend. The doctors there were the nicest, sweetest and most understanding vets ever. They took care of my dog and got him in for surgery that same moment. They extracted his tooth and he was as good as new. Even though Max is one canine short of a full set of teeth, he doesn’t even notice the difference due to the great work at Cedar Vet.
If your pet is a critical member in your family then Waterhouse Animal Hospital is the place to take them. I have gone to this hospital since nearly it's opening. My pets have gone for routine to complex issues. I know when I go they will be seen by a top notch Dr. and a professional staff. I know that the staff will always bring in or refer out to specialists to get my pet the best care. When it has been time to let go of one of my fur family it has been handled professionally and personally with compassion! This level of care I have NOT found elsewhere.
Thank you so very much for doing maggies surgery you not only save my dog's life you made me one of the happiest people in the world when the other vet told me there was no way that there was a puppy but did the X-ray and proved him wrong you went ahead and did the X-ray fix my dog and found masses of cancer in her that maybe would have killed her soon I am so thankful to you and I have done reviews for both Hospital and I told everybody to come to you guys and not take their dog to them you guys are the best thank you so very much
I just started raising backyard chickens a month ago, and the babies are precious. Being the protective mother hen I am I called Dr. Nic to ask if he would potentially see my chickens alongside my dog and cat I bring in. (Not that I plan to be the person who takes chickens to the vet, but, well... they are REALLY cute so far.) But, just in case I decide to become a crazy chicken lady, or even just need vaccinations or something, he's got it covered. Awesome. Dr. Nic is ready for anything.
Take my cat and dog to Shield Stone Pet Hospital, the vets and office staff there are excellent in my opinion. Can call for appointment or you can walk-in, they are open 6 days a week, they all have worked very well with my dog and cat, you can tell they really like animals (fairly important quality for vets to have, although not all vets have it). I highly recommend Shield Stone Pet Hospital. Also what they charge for various services has always seemsed very reasonable to me.
I’ve been taking my cat Missy here for as long as I’ve had her, so about 2 years. I got Missy from the shelter so I first took her to get a check up and they gave her a clean bill of health. She has also had vaccinations, a teeth cleaning, and flea treatments done. Every time we come in we are really pleased, even though Missy does not enjoy being carted around in her crate, Dr. Nic has always been great to her, and to me and my budget. Missy and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
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.