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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.
Having never had need for a veterinarian before, we were not really sure what to expect when we found Gentle Vets Animal Hospital. Our initial contacts began after several weeks of home diagnosing and treating of our pet had run its course with no improvement. I emailed their office several times, often inquiring about things that (in hindsight probably crossed the line of "looking for free advice"). Each of my questions and inquiries were met with great interest, professional and courteous answers, AND A VERY PERSONABLE TONE! Most importantly - solid information and advice. We decided to start treatment in office and were greeted and met with the same enthusiasm and friendly care from everyone on staff. Ours was a more "unique" type of animal situation (a large goldfish my daughter had raised for years). It appeared that nearly everyone in the office took notice and great interest in its progression. Dr Gray was an exceptionally friendly and caring Vet. At times, it was as if he was treating his own pet. His compassion and interest was well above what we expected, and (dare I say) may have risen to a level equal to or greater than my long term family doc (whom we have a GREAT relationship with). He was very well versed in his trade and well connected with other professionals in the discipline. Dr Gray and his staff explained clearly what our options could be, and we were closely involved with each decision and process. We never felt pressured or led in any particular direction. We felt very well educated and informed with each decision we chose to make, and each decision was met with respect and support. The time finally came when we realized that our pet's condition had progressed to a non-reversible point, and it would be the humane thing to put him down before any suffering took place. Disregarding our friends advise to use the good ole "flush" or "freezer" methods (certainly not humane!), we asked Dr Gray to help us with this final phase. Again, his level of care and understanding was superb. No amount of words in this venue of review could do justice to his professionalism and compassion. If we ever find ourselves in need of a Vet again we will certainly be back. As well, we have highly recommended Dr Gray and Gentle Vets to our friends . . . . And to you as well if you are in the market for a truly caring and professional veterinarian and clinic. (6 stars, if we could).
I've been all over Green Bay the past five years trying different vet offices in search of the one that was perfect for me. There are definitely a lot of good doctors out there but the best of them is Dr. Gray. All the staff I've encountered at this vet have been extremely friendly, helpful, and compassionate. You can just tell by interacting with them and watching the way they handle their customers (both two and four-legged) that they are truly passionate about their work. Dr. Gray has always treated my feline like I imagine he would his own cat. He isn't just there to examine and diagnose, he actually takes the time to interact with my cat and get to know him in the short time we're in his office. I've never been in a vet's office where my cat is comfortable, purring, and even playful as opposed to anxiously pacing the room, stressed and waiting for the door to open but that's exactly what it's like for him at the Gentle Vets and they didn't even have to give him a treat or a toy! Probably the best and most important thing to note, however, is how Dr. Gray explains all treatment options and gathers as much feedback from you as possible before deciding on a method of treatment. I will never go to a different vet's office and can trust the Gentle Vets with my cat's health without having to worry.
I have had a few of my small animals seen here, and they've always received the utmost of care. I switched to this veterinary clinic after my last one told me, "Don't worry about it. It's just a bird." And I have been amazed at how different the personality is here. The entire staff seems to genuinely love and care about all animals. Even when I brought in my snake, the staff gave her the same fondness as they would a dog or cat. I also love the fact that they go over the treatment options and costs thereof before giving you the final treatment plan and bill. There are no surprises. And if you choose not to opt for a more expensive procedure, they're ok with that. It's such a friendly, judgment-free place, I couldn't imagine taking my babies to a different veterinarian.
I have been going to Green Bay Animal Hospital for serveral years now. Most of the time it is just the yearly visit for shots and well checkups. But in the last few years, it has been more frequent since my dog was getting older. Two weeks ago, we had to put our 13 year old Basset Hound to sleep. The staff, most of all Dr. Rechsteiner, was so wonderful. My whole family was in the room and we were all very emotional. Our Maude was part of our family. We were not rushed, we got to say our goodbye's and make the decisions we were most comfortable with and stayed in the room as long as we needed to. I would recommend this vet clinic to anyone who loves their pet and wants the best care for them.
The entire staff welcomes my lab mix Kobe and me like we are the most important people coming in the door. I have found that the combined years of expertise in the staff gives Kobe and me all the resources I need. Recently Kobe was being neutered, and Cindy called me at work to see if I wanted Kobe micro-chipped. Not two months later he escaped and was taken to the humane society. Thank God Cindy made that call. Kobe was back home within one hour. They don't try to sell you any unnecessary services, although if you want something extra they have it. LOVE this place! :)
The staff is the best! Our alaskan malamute mix had canine AIHA (blood disease), and the staff at Parkside Animal Care nursed him back to health (He was so sick, his recovery seemed miraculous). Recently our very old cat got sick - thyroid trouble, weight loss, and finally bladder troubles. The staff was very compassionate thru the end - they "get" that pets are part of your family, and it is sad to see them go. In addition to the great staff, their rates are reasonable, too. Highly recommend them!
Both of our dogs have been seen by Dr. Rechsteiner, he is always professional and a complete joy to see. He makes sure that we completely understand the medications, if any are given, makes sure all of our questions and concerns are answered before we walk out the door. And the staff!!!! what an amazing group of people who LOVE their job and the animals they work with! Such a blessing to know that when we walk in the door, my dogs are considered part of their family!!!
I could not agree more!!! Dr. Gardner is THE BEST!!! I had to take LoverBoy in for "boy problems" and she was just wonderful both to him and me. I was pretty frazzled by the whole urinary experience but was treated so well by both Dr. Gardner and the whole staff at the Cat Care Clinic. If anyone asks me (several co-workers have) where to take their cat I tell them hands down Cat Care Clinic. They are reasonably priced and both cat friendly and cat-mom friendly.
Took my lab here for the first time and the entire staff was wonderful. Extremely helpful, understanding and knowledgable of dogs and how to care for them. I look forward to coming back. I completely trust them with the care of my dog.
I took my chihauhau mix there this last week. When I called I got in the same day. They gave me a couple of routes to go with his treatment. I am SO grateful! They were very good and didn't cost me an arm and a leg. I recommend them highly
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.