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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.
We were referred here when our dog chipped her tooth. Our regular vet was honest enough to admit that this tooth (the large molar) was very difficult to pull and frequently could even break the jaw if not done properly, and root canals with crowning was "above his pay grade." I was understandably very nervous, but the veterinary dentist and all of his staff were great. He explained in detail what he'd do, what to expect, and answered thoroughly every question. His assistant was nothing short of wonderful. They spent more time with us than any human doctor I've seen, making us feel that our pet was as important to them as she is to us. The office is beautiful, spacious, and immaculately clean. I would never have guessed it to be for animals rather than humans if I didn't already know better. Every veterinarian on staff is board certified in their specialty. I'm very thankful this awesome place exists in our area. As for cost, yes it isn't cheap, but cheap isn't what I want for my baby. However, I didn't experience anything like the price gouging implied here by others. I was told up front and given the chance to accept or decline any other proceedures I might want or need while she was anesthesized. I intend on returning to have her cherry eyes corrected, and I would hope and expect to receive the same wonderful treatment as I did with her teeth. You get what you pay for, and although I'm nowhere near well-off, I want the best for my best friend.
Dr. Moffatt has been taking care of my pets for years. I have worked with several other vet offices in Memphis and Mobilevet Memphis by far offers the best services in town. One of our dogs gets car sick, so having the vet clinic come to us is fantastic. The rates are more reasonable than places I have used in the past, and the staff is amazing. When our 15 year old dog reached the end of her life, it was a decision we had to make very quickly. Not only did Dr. Moffatt agree to come to our house that day, but she and her staff did everything they could to make that horrible day as easy as possible. We got to say goodbye to our sweet girl in the comfort of our own home and Dr. Moffatt and her staff took care of all of the details-including arranging for cremation per our request. For me, customer service is about the details-like taking care of burial/cremation of my dog, or working with me in a pinch to get medication refills before my family goes on a last minute trip. I have never had a bad experience with this practice and look forward to Dr. Moffatt taking care of my pets in the future.
MobileVet is an incredible veterinary practice! Dr. Moffatt brings her clinic to my home, treating my pets (dog and cat) for yearly check ups, sickness, and emergencies. Not only do my pets not have the stress of traveling to and from an office, but it is ultimately convenient, revolving around my schedule! After taking my pets to other local practices, I was ecstatic when MobileVet began offering in home services, and have used them since they opened. Dr. Moffatt and her employees are professional, friendly, accessible, and take excellent care of my pets. They have helped me with euthanasia for my cat, the untimely death of our family dog, and countless check ups and care taking for other pets along the way. Dr. Moffatt even provided extensive consultation with a veterinary practice out of town when we were traveling and my dog got extremely sick and had to have emergency surgery. I can not recommend this practice highly enough. Dr. Moffatt loves animals and I love MobileVet!
Dr Ruth and Dr Nipper have taken care of my horses vaccinations and coggins. Nipper also checked my mares ears when she had gotten an infection. I signed in at the desk and was seen within 30 minutes with the waiting room quite busy. I expected to wait longer but i didnt they took care of me. Dr Ruth loved my pony and we had a great chat, i have to say she spent time with me and not the typical in and out that most vets give you. I will return for more business. I forgot to mention Dr Ruth examined my ponies hooves thoroughly since i rescued him. She was wonderful in her advice and very confident experienced vet. One of Dr Ruths Vet techs board at our barn, shes a sweetheart! Shannyn
Straight Shooter....and with many years of experience!!!! Just what I want in a vet!!! Dr. Conley will ask you straight forward questions to give your animal The BEST care in vet medicine. I took my cat and dog to him and he saved my cats life giving her the correct medicines after being sure that he got ALL of her health history from me! He was sure and knowledgeable and even told me to put my Dog on a diet….yikes I didn’t want to hear that one…but he is right…it will give her 2 more years to her life. I was impressed when I called the clinic and got the “doc” himself….he also told me to come back anytime and use the scale in the lobby to weigh my dog as we continue with her diet.
PetVax staff and vets have all been so sweet and helpful since the first time we took our new kitten in for the first check-up & shots! Prices are cheaper than most a well. When my kitten got fixed and declawed, they called when he was out of surgery, before they went home for the night, and in the morning to keep me updated on how he was doing! They also did a free consultation visit about a week later to recheck of his one paw, because he kept pulling the stiches out! The only downfall for me is the hours, it is hard to be there to pick up my furbaby by 6pm when I get off work and hit all the rush hour traffic...but there is no way I'd take my pets anywhere else!!
I am very happy with the vets here. My dog was let out of my car at a gas station and was in a dogfight when I came out 2 seconds later. My regular vet at Community Pet Hospital refused to see him because I had no money. The vets at the Park Animal Hospital not only saw my dog when I didnt have money, but also gave him the antibiotics that he needed. I thank god that I stopped there to ask them to see him. It was the first time that they had ever seen me and my dog. Even though I had no money, they saw him anyway. This tells me they really do care about the animals. Now all of the dogs in my household go to this vet. These people are awesome.
Being brand new to Memphis and not yet having a vet, I found this business with a Google search after my elderly cat suddenly began having a problem walking. I am so glad I did. The building is clean. well lit, modern - and staffed with personable, warm, affectionate and efficient people. They took their time with my elder kitty, treating her as if she was the most important cat in the world - which she is to me. I am thankful their was nothing seriously wrong, and thankful to have found an animal emergency center that I would highly recommend to anyone.
Dr. Leggett has been our dogs' doctor for 15 years. He is a brilliant healer, a kind and gentle physician and he is sensitive to the love that each pet owner has for their dog. Without a moment of hesitation, I would reccomend him to anyone who wants the very best for their pet.We are grateful for the excellent care he has given Julie, Lola, Gidget, Molly, Wookie, Snowball, Snowflake, Annie, Penny and Ken Chin. The first three belong to me and the rest belong to my adult children. All four families trust only Dr. Leggett and Dr. Green to care for their pets.
The nursing staff is so sweet. They loved on my kitty like he was their own. The vet was very patient with me and really took the time to explain what was wrong with Spencer in a way that was easy for me to understand. It is so nice when your furry family member is dangerously sick to be able to trust the people taking care of him!!It's hard to see some of the other patients coming in with such horrible injuries and the owners so upset, but the staff rushes them right back and starts treatment before the client even fills out the check- in form.
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.