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6600 Lake StLake Charles, LA 70605
From Business: We are a full service animal hospital serving the Lake Charles area since 2008. Our friendly staff treats all patients as their own. Call today to schedule your a…
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They were wonderful!! I brought my cat who had been throwing up, and Dr. Matt and everyone there was so great. They were very professional and treated her with genuine affection. I was pleasantly surprised how affordable they are...I went in expecting a huge bill as many vets like to do all tests possible to find what is wrong. He had an idea of what was wrong, and gave her a shot for nausea and bland food for a day...and sure enough within a day she was fine. The office even called the next day to make sure she was okay. (turns out I am not supposed to change my cat's food every time I go shopping...) I love this place, everyone is so friendly and professional...and I don't have to worry about an outraegous bill for a visit!
Used this clinic for my animals for around 30 years. Wonderful staff and doctors. Dr. Carter is very caring and takes very good care of my dogs. The doctors are very thorough in this exams and they take the time to explain any problems my dogs have. I have boarded them at times and have been pleased with there care. Two of the three dogs have come home with scratches and raw noses but that is probably the result of them being in strange kennels and not at home.
Have been seeing Dr. Chang at the Farr Clinic for around five years. Prior to that I moved from clinic to clinic, once I met Dr. Chang and his staff I was sold. They are all very caring and genuinely concerned about my pet's health. They are open half a day on Sat. which has been really convenient with my work schedule. I would highly recommend Dr. Chang and his staff to care for your 4 legged family members.
Dr. Houston is awesome! She was so sweet and caring toward my dog. She answered all of my questions very thoroughly. She was extremely patient and caring towards me and my pet. Dr. Houston is an example of how all veterinarians should be! I can see that she genuinely cares for the animals and their well being, and that's exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much Dr. Houston!
Very personalized care and really know what their doing. Staff is super friendly and doctors are the best in lake charles. Ive been to 2 others in lc that felt very bland... like they didnt care if you came back. Ive gotten calls from this office to see how my animals are after going in for an illness. My whole family has started going!
We are from out of state; had to find a vet because of our little chihuahua & the husband's work. Absolutely love Farr Veterinary Clinic!!! Dr. Chang & the staff are amazing! Follow up calls just to check on your pet, reminder calls for shots & meds. Wish a all clinics & staff cared this much!
Unbelievably knowledgeable and compassionate care given by Dr. Jae Chang and his staff. I have never been to a veterinary office that was such a blend of professionalism and personality. I would recommend Dr. Jae Chang and his caring staff to anyone!!
Great clinic. They are open after-hours and have a doctor and staff members waiting to help your sick pet. I did not have to bother my regular vet, and the clinic was able to really solve the problems because they are set-up to do it.
I have used veterinary clinics from GA to LA, & this has been the best! The staff is very accommodating to your needs, they treat your pets with excellent care, & even provide an online site for you. Love them!
In all of my years of owning dogs this is the best veterinary care that I have found. They are very thorough, knowledgeable, and their love of animals is obvious. I wouldn't trust my dogs care to anyone else.
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.