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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.
The most amazing staff! They were understanding and patient with my doggo and gave me a lot of really helpful information and showed lots of love to her. We had a bad experience earlier in the day trying to get spayed at a different local clinic, she's a reactive pit bull and sounds aggressive even if she just wants attention so she barked uncontrollably and made the entire clinic, both people and dogs upset. It was so uncomfortable and the staff was so unwilling to work with us we had to just leave. She's been through some recent traumas(having puppies, a tornado, and a big move) that resulted in some behavioral issues so it was frustrating to feel helpless and have people stare at us when I was trying the best I could to calm my dog in a very chaotic and stressful environment. The animal hospital took every step imaginable to keep my reactive pit calm, they got us back to a room immediately so she wouldn't see other dogs, and it was really great to see my baby at ease. She only briefly barked once and they handled it with grace. The environment was clean and relaxing with no bad smells and I will be back for her spay soon. I'm really glad we found a better option. This is 5 star service!
Beware! This Doctor will turn on your pet.Past history with Dr. Fortney for over 3 years with only standard vaccinations, teeth cleaning with Anesthesia, purchases of prescription dog food.I called ahead to set up an appointment and let them know that my 17-year-old dog needed a tumor cut off of her side. They made the appointment for that same day. Dr. Fortney proceeded to shave the tumor (about ½” in size) off with GROOMING SHEERS. No numbing agent was used and my dog was screaming. I wasn’t comfortable with this situation at all and I explained that to him when I saw all the blood and excrement. He took her in the back and preceded to continue shaving it off, I could tell he muzzled her. He returned very angry, telling me he wouldn’t ever see my dog again, and that she was a mess and he had to go clean up crap and pee. He said he would never go through that again. He instructed the receptionist to get me my records, that I wouldn’t be back there. He said that he was sure I could find another Doctor that had a staff more equipped. I was in shock and sent packing with my dog’s records and no vet.My dog only lived 3 weeks after this experience. I went back up to talk to him about this event. The only excuse I received was that he was afraid that he would get bitten. He admitted he was frustrated. Does this Doctor only want to provide well patient care? Be careful if you really have a trauma or an invasive procedure is needed. Dr. Fortney, if I tried to remove the end of your finger with grooming sheers, do you not think you may lose control of your bowels and bladder too? And one last note, my dog didn’t bite anyone for 17 years.Rest in Peace my little Angel, Phoebe.
They are very kind and take their time and listen to what is going on with your animal.Then they will call and check back in with you.If you call and need to speak to the vet he will call you back.Very important to me that they are very professional and kind to both animal and human. Number one in my book
My precious kitten was in an accident, we're not sure what happened. He had to have his ear, front left paw and a toe on the front right paw removed. It's been about a week since his surgery. He's recovering so amazingly and getting back to being himself. The vets at Gladstone Animal Clinic having taken such amazing care of him, I'm very thankful that have a great team and surgeon.
Always wonderful caring people to greet us. The doctors are very knowledgeable and take the time to make my pets feel at ease....right before making them uncomfortable with a shot or exam. HahaI wouldn't take my pets anywhere else.
Kristine and Dr. Cupp, have to be the best vet, I have ever had. I moved to KCMO, from Los Angeles CA, in 2006 and was referred by my family to him. I have never to this day found a vet more compassionate, Caring, Kind, honest, and straightforward. He genially cares about what he does. I have lived in Miami Fl. since 2010 and I still call, Kristine and Dr. Cupp. for advise and second opinions. I would recommend him and his staff to anyone looking for a doctor that has experience. A doctor that continues to stay educated and informed, and a doctor that cares more about the animals, then the money. If I had the ability to fly back when my pets needed to go to the vets, This is the ONLY place in the entire Unites States I would go. Paul Herring and John Dworkis
Hi I adopted my dog hope and she was sick. So I took her to foxwood and they help so much and were ever reasonable when it comes to prices. I love them and would recommend them to everyone.
I have been meaning to put a review here, but this is the first chance I had. Dr. Cupp and his staff are the BEST!! I absolutely love them. Last year our dog Barney passed away and they were so compassionate. Dr. Cupp loves the animals. He is treating the dog we have left who has a heart condition and back problems and I appreciate Dr. Cupp so much for trying to make my Bingo as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Cupp is an awesome doctor that wants to do the best thing for your pet without charging you for unnecessary treatment.
Dear Dr. John I just want too thank you for what you have done for Shadow,when he was alive & not doing that great. You went out of your way too help him, But it was to late for him.When Simon was with me you treated him like he was yours. Even though he was a stray he had a home with me .. You talked me out of gettingsausage, biscuts& gravey . I think you knew I was planning on getting all three for family sticks together.. Threre sweet little puppy faceswere so sad looking I nearly was ready to sign those papers that day.And Gia at the shelter said I had too have a good Vet for them I told her that I did.And her reply was talk with your Vet, Then come back and let me know what he said.With me chocking on tears Your reply was Don't take them with them being so ill the bills would have been over your head. You and your staff knows how to take care of Shadiea You went over my head But you had a good answer for it Your Mom & I'm the Doctor.. You & your staff all answer my questions about my community cats if one is hurt or might be sick You tell me to watch it But Don't Touch It!! When Simon died you all took care of everything. I love you all so much for sometimes I need you when something wrong with one of the animals Thank You All For Being A Part Of My Family Sincerly Yours Lizz Payton
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.