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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.
I'm so glad Dr. "B" (Nicolette Bertolone, DVM) has landed at Hancock Park Veterinary Clinic! I first met her when she was with VCA/West LA and she has been my primary vet ever since. Because VCA is a teaching hospital, you never know who you'll get or what quality of service you'll have. It's often a mixed bag. Don't get me wrong, VCA is a good clinic that's open 24/7 and offers many specialties and they are closer to my home. I'll certainly still use them for emergencies, but I purposely followed Dr. Bertolone to Hancock Park Veterinary Clinic, after being so very impressed by her knowledge, skills and work ethic. I knew from the get-go she was different from the norm. My 16 year old cat (at the time) was close to death, but through Dr. B's care, she brought Bailey back and a year-and-a-half later she's still doing well and will turn 18 soon. Dr. Bertolone may be young, but don't let that fool you. She is really very sharp and smart with an old vet soul. What I like about Dr. Bertolone is that she is very thorough. She listens well and takes time to explain what all of your options are - the pros and cons, procedures, meds, etc. I've also been very impressed that she's such a good intuitive problem solver who not only takes time to consult with other vets, she'll do her own research. Though she understands the merits of well established practices, she's not shy about exploring the latest technology and procedures or a more holistic approach, if warranted. Love that about her since it gives me the security of knowing I'm able to make well informed decisions based on her input. Dr. B also has a sweet empathic side. She always makes me feel as if Bailey and I are special and that we'll get top quality, professional care, rather than feeling as if we're just another number. The other great thing I personally appreciate about her is that she is quick to respond to either phone calls or emails. She never leaves me hanging. As for Hancock Park Veterinary Clinic, I've been there several times now and am very impressed so far. They seem pretty organized and the staff knowledgeable, especially Vet Tech Yonat. She really knows her stuff and offers good advice. Though I have yet to meet Dr. White, I hear great things about her too. I've also been pleasantly surprised with their rates. I read reviews from a few saying the fees were high, but they are low to me in comparison to VCA or another West LA cat hospital. The norm at those places often left me feeling as if I'd just given them the equivalent of a car payment or more for each visit! I only have two less than positive things to say about the clinic. One, though I know the staff is very busy, a few times I've come in and it's taken several minutes for someone to acknowledge me. A simple 'hi I'll be right with you' goes a long way for me. The other comment is regarding their hours. It's often challenging with my work schedule - ugh. Wish they were open 7a-7p at least one day a week. In summary, I'm very satisfied with Hancock Park Veterinary Clinic and Dr. B is the bomb! I am truly glad I found her and feel confident in her care. My two cats are my precious babies and I only want the best for them. I sure feel like I have that with Dr. Bertolone and now with the clinic too. I recommend them both!
We had rescued a dog (pit bull) from a junkyard and he was in a bad shape. We took the dog to the Ambassador Dog and Cat hospital ( we adopted him later ) and was attended by Dr. Singh. Dr. Singh was extremely attentive to the dog's needs; He sat down with us, took time to interact with the dog (Boogie), and explained to us on the needed procedures for his recovery. During the course of our dog's stay at the clinic, Dr.Singh took time to call us and give updates on his progress, and even gave us a huge discount on his care. Very dependable, friendly, caring to the animals, honest, and in no time, our dog got back to a better health. And even after we got Boogie home, we got follow up calls ( multiple) inquiring on our dog's status, which never happened to us anytime before with any other vet's visit. Today we took our other dog to Ambassador hospital, who is not friendly to new people, and does not do well inside the hospital settings. Dr. Singh took time ( after his work schedule, literally), to come outside of the building and to take a look at our dog, and told us what we needs to do to help her with her condition . I highly recommend anyone's pet to Dr.Singh's care. In addition to all the above, the staffs in their hospital are very friendly, and attentive as well.
On Sat, 9 Aug 2008 I took my 13 year old cat in to see Dr Sheree Stern, DVM. I found her to be caring, warm and professional all at the same time. She listened to my situation and asked questions, such as if I try to clip my cat's nails at home, then explained the importance of doing this. She was able to tell that the cat had lost weight even though she had never seen him before. She discussed grooming, nutrition and the importance of vaccinations even though mine is an indoor cat. To my surprise, the cost of the vaccination was very reasonable. While there I met a man who has been bringing his cat to Dr Stern for six years now due to the superlative treatment she renders, and he will not go elsewhere. I can see why. She reminds me of Dr Miller, the original owner of Miller Animal Hosital, and I've been looking for years for another Dr Miller. Well, here she is!!! I only hope my review will not make her so busy that I won't be able to get an appointment when I need one. I am so thankful I found her. She's really great. Everyone in the office is great.
Dr. Jordan has been taking care of my cats for 30 years. Thanks to him, one of my lovelies lived for 20 years and one of my current cats is over age 16 and going strong. He's as good with the owners as with the animals -- I tend to panic when one of my felines gets ill and he works with me as well as the cat. As an example, when my 20 year old eventually died, he knew that I couldn't go to the shelter to get another one to keep the surviving cat and me company. I would never be able to choose and it would kill me to leave with only one. So he sent his assistant and his own son to the shelter to get me my newest cat. They found us the perfect companion. How many vets would go that far for an owner? If you or your pet ever need help, you just couldn't do better than Dr. Jordan.
We've been taking our dog to see Dr. Boldy for cataracts and other eye related issues for several years. We've been VERY pleased with the service and care we've received. It can get costly if you need tests but I think it's well worth it. We usually get our consultation notes before we leave along with any prescriptions. If the office gets hectic, we opt to receive the consultation notes via fax. There are only a few parking spots in the back but it's usually not a problem. There's free parking along the residential streets and meter parking on San Vicente. The receptionist is always very friendly too!
I will always be grateful to Leslie, Shawn, Valerie and the entire staff at Two Hands Four Paws. Sammi, my beloved bichon, was 12 years old and having difficulties walking and would continuously fall. I took him to a ""specialist"" and was told that Sammi needed a risky surgery that may or may not work. Upon a recommendation, I took Sammi to Two Hands Four Paws. He went once a week for a masage, swimming and exercises. We also did daily excercises at home. Within a few months, Sammi was racing up and down stairs and back to his playful self
Thanks Dr. Kumar for your recommendations on Fabio's new diet. Now, thanks to you, Fabio is getting all the vitamins and nutrients he needs. Fabio went from a picky eater to a happy go lucky bird. Not only is he more energetic and healthier, but his colors and feathers as beautiful as ever. I will refer you to anyone I know, your recommendations were right on! You clearly are an expert in your field...thanks so much! Dorothy & "Fabio"
It's hard to find a place where they care about the pets and not the money. Excellent service, the staff is great and the vet she's awesome. They are organized, friendly, and helpful. They open Sundays, we got there at opening time and they had several patients waiting. We had an emergency our pup had diahrrea real bad, take him there, we didn't wait long; the medicines worked wonders. He's happy and recovering, 100% reccomended.
Dr. Werber is, indeed a wonderful Vet. However, the place is crazy expensive. An exam and simple blood test cost $300!! And I always have to wait a long time even if there is no emergency case to deal with. If I had tons of $$, I'd go to Dr. Werber. But he is a celebrity Vet with prices to match. (Btw, it's also very difficult to get a doc on the phone for test results. I'm on hold FOREVER!)
It was our first visit to Century Vet and we are very pleased. Dr. Adams is awesome! Very knowledgeable and patient. The support staff were all attentive and friendly. The waiting area was spotless. I did not find the prices to be expensive at all. There is also a discount coupon on their website for the first visit. We have a followup appointment in a month.
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.