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6705 W Bancroft StToledo, OH 43615
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 …
2850 N Reynolds RdToledo, OH 43615
1244 Ridgewood Dr Ste 1Bowling Green, OH 43402
From Business: Animal Hospital At West Ridge is a full-service veterinary hospital. We treat your pets with leading veterinary medicine, compassion, and kindness. The clinic off…
8493 Secor RdLambertville, MI 48144
From Business: Dr. Dawn Hanusz, at Paws and Claws Animal Hospital will treat your pets like family. We understand that vising the vet isn't always fun but at Paws and Claws your…
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Fabulous staff and service from check in thru check out! Very considerate and accommodating. Best vets ever!
I have been going there for several years and have always been very pleased. The staff is very knowledgeable and pleasant and the veterinarians are excellent.
New puppy experience for me for over 16 years since we lost our Cocker Spaniel. Brannan Veterinary see's to it that you and your animals interests come first. Always ready and able to answer your questions. Never feel rushed at all. All of our families pets see Brannan Veterinary. Would not think of taking my puppy anywhere else
These wonderful compassionate, empathic folks helped me when the time came to euthanize my sweet cat Noodles. It was a really sad event for me, he'd been my buddy for 13 years; they truly seemed to understand and I thank them.
I have had a handful of experiences with other Veterinary offices - but Dr. Brannan and his colleagues are the best and this is where I feel most secure in my pet's care and procedures. The staff really cares about animals - but to a level where they also extend their care to the pet owners as well. Since pets cannot speak; this connection is so important and I appreciate knowing my pets are in the best possible hands for their health and well-being. Pricing is similar to other offices; so I feel very lucky to have this level of service and care available.
Great hospital. Love the doctors and staff. They genuinely care about my dogs. I wouldn't take them anywhere else.
I've taken my pets to Brannan for 20 years, and wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. The vets and their staff are warm, wonderful people who truly love animals. Fees are reasonable, and the treatments they recommend are always clearly explained and medically necessary. My pets have always been in excellent health thanks in large part to their wonderful care!
The staff is very friendly and down to earth. I would highly recommend them.
Excellent staff who genuinely care about your pets. Wonderful customer service and very flexible with appointments. Would definitely recommend them to care for your babies!
I will not hold a grudge against Dr. Brighton for being a moo u grad. This is a great and caring facility with excellent care and have the most concern for you and your family's' needs.
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.