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155 Division St NWOlympia, WA 98502
From Business: Olympia Veterinary Hospital has been a part of the Olympia since 1980. We are a full service veterinary hospital and have established a strong reputation of offer…
7447 Martin Way EOlympia, WA 98516
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
1305 S Gold StCentralia, WA 98531
From Business: At Cascade West Veterinary Hospital, located in Centralia, WA, we specialize in caring for domestic and farm animals. Our staff of trained and caring professional…
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Best dog groomer in town. She will treat your pet right. Listens to what you want.
Dr. Doherty and staff are always wonderful with us and our dogs esp when they are sick. We get in, get seen, get an explanation and options that are understandable and doable. When things are serious he gets to the point but also has a clear empathy. Our 12 yr old diabetic Havanese has decreased exercise which led to a seizure due to low blood sugar. I feel like the doc and staff saved her life and built up our knowledge and confidence to better care for her. We are very grateful.
My wife and I have a bratty little, incredibly intelligent ten year-old miniature pinscher, Eddie "Bananas" Bocelli, that we took to Dr. Widener for a few issues, mainly for a dental exam (his teeth and gums were judged to be in great condition); an occasional cough, which was diagnosed as a result of having a small, irritated trachea, common in small dogs. The prescribed treatment was to put him on a diet to decrease his weight by 2lbs (from his 10lbs.) and to replace his collar with a harness, both of which were successful, such that he no longer coughs.My wife and I are academicians in medically related areas. After going through many veterinarians' reviews, I selected Dr. Widener for his much deeper academic and research background and experience that indicated to me that he is dedicated and passionate about caring for animals.Eddie has never liked other people, nor would he allow anyone else touch him. He refuses to take food from others, which is good. He hates all other creatures, including dogs. He is an elite rodent and weasel killer. It is my theory that he is basically feral, that my wife and I are his pack, which is one of the main reasons I chose Dr. Widener. My wife and I, after Eddie's exam, couldn't stop talking about how truly amazed we were that he actually liked Dr. Widener, that it was magical. Throughout his appointment, Eddie had a big smile and was happy, that he wasn't in any hurry to leave. It appeared that Eddie could sense that Dr. Widener respected and cared about him. I wish we could stop by with Eddie, just so Eddie could pay a social visit to another human he likes!Eddie is such a little treasure to us, so intelligent, focused, energetic, and funny. Every moment with him gives us so much pleasure. We couldn't be more pleased with Dr. Widener and the Farmhouse. He spent a lot of time examining Eddie, far more than any other veterinarian; thus, we are giving him five extra stars--10 stars!
Brought my dog in when he wasnt feeling well one day. Couldnt get an appointment anywhere else and they were able to see him right away. They have since become my regular vet for my dog and all my cats. Very welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Always take great care of my pets. Dr Sommerville has taken her time to answer questions thoroughly and really get to know my pets and my family. The staff at the clinic clearly love the pets that come in the clinic just as much as the owners do. Ive seen the staff get down on the floor and play with the dogs and pet and comfort them at their level. I honestly can't remember seeing that at any other clinic. Truly caring people right there.
I love the doctors and staff at Lacey Animal Clinic. We started going to Dr Dougherty almost 30 years ago and have loyal patients throughout that time. Our cats and dogs are always treated lovingly and I know they will be kept comfortable because this clinic always provides good pain management for all its patients.
I have been taking my cats here for about a year now, and they have been fantastic. The staff is very friendly as well as competent, and the pricing is good.
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.