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We have been using Dr. P for all our dogs. He is an amazing vet and does handle every animal with care from my opionion. I had brough my best friend and little baby girl Junea into the Grantsburg animal hospital on emergency when ahe was unfortunately hit by a car just about a week ago now. I was unawarw how bad it was until the dr. Showed me the xrays. There was no chance of recovery for her and dr P. Did a great job of informing me all of the details ans information on how bad it was all the while comforting me and preparing me for thw worst day of my life in a long time due to a decision i had to make. Juneas only future was now heaven and peace. I broke down and was instantly heart broken as any of you could imagine. The vet techs and the doc did a great job with my baby. Im still devistated and heart broken for my loss of such a great animal and best friend. But i do find it needed to write a review about my day at the clinic. They do work with us on all levels with our many dogs. We only use them! I live in Luck and the Grantsburg location is my normal place but when the accident happened i even drove all the way to the pine city location just to see Dr. P that is how much I trust him. I miss my dog so much and we are all still in shock. But I seen how well she was cared for as well as my other dogs when using Grantsburg animal clinic. They informed me of all my options in a very heart felt way and my experience with them was just fine. Even know having to put down your 1 year old dog ia never a good experience and all of your emotions are flowing in ways of resent, blame, anger, sadness, etc. I knew and know in my heart that the staff at the clinic did exactly the right things that needed to be done for my dog and my family. May she now rest in peace. Thank you so much to Dr. P and the staff durring one of my most difficult times ever. Thank you for helping figure out financing and all other things with out dogs! We will always use your clinic and only ypur clinic! A+ from me.
Doctor came out to put my dog to sleep, the doctor was fine. Front desk at hospital had NO tact. I am a nurse and understand how to speak to someone who has lost a loved one. When I called to inquire about my pet, they were rude, annoyed, told me that he was in the freezer and his things were under a desk. Which I know this, but the way it was said was very tactless. They also "lost" his belongings that I had sent with him. A blanket that I labeled wanted back and a stuffed animal that I wanted cremated with him. Later they said both were accidently cremated with him, supposedly. When I came to get his ashes, the manager said that the doctor had a "very tough day" the day he put my dog to sleep and I guess forgot how I had asked him to take care of my pets belongings. Well, I had a "tough day" that day too. Overall, will never use this animal hospital again and suggest others not to as well.
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.