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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.
About a year and a half ago my Mom and I moved to New Jersey for her job. What a long drive in the car that was, thought we would never get there. The one thing I hated about moving from Columbus, Ohio to NJ was that I wouldn't get to see Dr. Weller anymore. She had been my doctor since my Mom adopted me when I was three years old. I am a chocolate point Himilayan and very beautiful if I say so myself. I know Dr. Weller misses me too. Shortly after my Mom adopted me I started having a problem with my eye, Dr. Weller told Mom it was a corneal sequestram and that I would need surgery. She sent Mom and me to a specialist who I think was one of her college professors, darn right now I can't remember his name. Anyway I had the surgery and I was fine. Other than just the usual stuff Dr. Weller always was wonderful to me and Mom. My adopted brother, Bailey passed away from cancer right before Mom and I left for Jersey. I knew that would be hard for Mom to deal with, so I had to stay strong for her. After all I am no kid anymore myself, I'll be 17 in January. So you can see Dr. Weller had been my vet for over 12 years. I miss her, I miss Sarah and the rest of the staff. The best Vet I ever knew, luv ya Dr. Weller.
I've taken my cat and dog to Knapp Veterinary Hospital for 8 years. I have never been disappointed in the care given my critters, nor the professionalism of the support staff. Everyone seems to be in tune with how pet lovers feel at various times. There are treats out for the dogs (it's actually dog food bits, but my dog thought it was special!) There is a television if you can concentrate on it. The hours and days of operation are super. Everything was very clean and smell-free (!). Somehow the wait to see a vet is short, yet the vet talks with you until you understand the issues. The techs are kind. The vet found a mast cell cancerous tumor that I had never felt and I pet my dog a lot. She also found a problem(g) in the pre-surgery blood work. The vet was extremely thorough and told me what I didn't have to be worried about and what was of concern. I like straight talking, done gently.Together we mapped out a plan for doing diagnostics after my dog heals from the surgery. I'm sad and frightened, but I have complete confidence in Knapp Veterinary Hospital. If I had the slightest bad experience I they would be history.
With a diagnosis of FIP there's not much that you really can do, but still yet, with extreme compassion and the willingness to try and work out any possible options with regards to how comfortable you are in making a decision one way or another. They, through soft voices, still offered us ways to try to prolong our Baby Jewel's life even if it meant only for a few more days. I believe they could see the confliction we had growing in us and gently offered the last choice anyone wants to hear when you take your loved one to the Vet. Since seeing her in agony was not how we would have wanted to let her go, much less at a mere 6mos old...through tears and true confusion, we laid our Baby Jewel to rest. The group of loving & caring proffessionals overseeing our kittens care definitely made us feel like that day was more than just an office visit. It was more than a business transaction. That day they made us feel that it was most certainly more about LIFE.
The staff at this Animal Hospital is friendly and caring. Dr. Anne is a true animal lover and has a compansionate heart. She is a caring vet and will work in helping you get the best care for your animals. She will tell you like it is. If there are options she lets you know. I have 2 dogs and I drive about 25 miles to this vet because they are truly a caring team of animal lovers. I have used this place not only for the yearly checkups but for ilness and emergencies. Everytime they have the same consistant care. Just compasion and heart warming care for my animals. They office is clean and professional but not unfriendly. They have it balanced just right. The only time I have ever waited past my appointment time is when they squeeze me in for an appointment during their regularly busy day. Thanks Dr, Anne and staff for taking good care of Daphney and Cruise!
I have been a client of Dr. Tony and Dr. Bill for over 8 years now. They are an excellent team that provides outstanding care. If you need an appointment immediantely they will find a way to fit you in. They take the time to explain all aspects of care that is needed for you be it urgent care or just routine maintenance. Dr. Tony could have the impression as being curt. Actually he is to the point and concise. I appreciate this. I leave with complete understanding as to what care my "children" require. i.e. doggies!! Dr. Bill is very laid back, funny and every bit articulate as Dr. Tony. The staff is understanding and helpful. This is a first class clinic!! I especially appreciate that they are on the cutting edge of knowing the latest breakthroughs of complete animal care. Hats off to all of you!!! Woof woof and meow:)
We have been taking our beloved Golden Retriever Rex to Dogs Only for several years and hold Dr. Prescott and her staff in the highest regard. The care that the Dogs Only team provides is nothing short of superior and we value the personalized experience we receive each and every visit. From major surgery to routine physical exams, I am confident that our pooch receives the best care from the best people and for that we are truly grateful. While I can't attest to the experiences of others, I without hesitation recommend Dogs Only as they possess the right people, knowledge, and expertise to provide unsurpassed care. A special thank you to Dr. Prescott, Sarah, Lori-Ann, and Kathy for all your dedication in what you do. This passion and drive is why the Dogs Only team is the best.
This place has taken excellent care of both my dogs. I recently lost my dog of 14 years and they couldn't have handled my situation more perfectly. I came in the morning and they took my dog from me and let me grieve. This was a very hard time for me, but they remained professional, discrete, and sensitive to my needs. With my other dog they opened up early for me and took him in immediately because of the serious condition he was in. Through out the day they monitored my dog and the vet called me 3 times to keep me updated on my baby. They sent me home with him that night with techniques on how to make my dog more comfortable. This place is absolutely wonderful and I will always be in debt to them. They are life savers and they did a terrific job with both of my incidents.
I'm ashamed to say initially (about 15 years ago or so) I had some doubts about the Doc's and staff at Morse Rd. Veterninary clinic. In both cases, I later found they were 100% correct in their medical assessments of my animals and the best course for treatment. During this process I also learned Morse Rd. Veterinary Clinic Docs and staff are highly respected by their peers as well. From that point and throughout the close to 100+ visits since then, I've come to trust them implicitly and I'm truly grateful for the high level of care they provide all my animals (and me). Needless to say, I recommend Doctor Verhage, Dr. McClure and the rest of the staff with absolutely no reservations. There's no one I'd trust more!
Because I knew Claudia, a college acquaintance, worked for North Kenny Veterinary Hospital. I decided to board my dog Mimi, when I traveled out of state many times. Flying out of Columbus though I live in Dayton. Claudia and her team has earned my complete trust. Each time I take Mimi there to board, she is always happily greeted by the staff. Given her old age and being slightly deaf, she always wags her tail and tries to pull on the leash as we enter the building. I am confident that she is in good hands during her stay there. The many calls to get updates on how she was doing, were quick to be answered by Claudia and the team. A great place for any pet to stay.
This group knows kitchens and they do them well. The day after the 2003 blackout, the plasterer came to the apartment ready to work. Issues did arise, but they were addressed. The workers were efficient, polite and helpful--just a wonderful crew of people. They were the best part of my renovation job. They promised completion of the project within 60 days and finished in 52. Throughout the entire job, they always kept me updated. They have a commitment to make the customer happy & satisfied. We have used them three times in eight years. Everything went smoothly. I always felt that I was in good hands. What more can I say?
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.