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4651 N Belt Line RdMesquite, TX 75150
From Business: The LRH Emergency Pet Care Center is a state-of-the-art facility utilizing the most sophisticated and advanced medical and surgical technology. Our on-site staff,…
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This is the best animal hospital I have ever been to. My dog Sophye has been sick for awhile. Dr. Airhart was able to figure out what was wrong with her and now she is feeling great and back to her happy self. I found the staff to be nice and they seemed to genuinely care about us. Dr. Airhart is a very nice doctor and I feel like he explained the problem to us in a way we could understand. I recommend this clinic.
I took my dog there to have 2 fatty tumors removed. Within 45 minutes of having my dog home he died. The receptionist asked me to mark the area's on a diagram of where my dog was having surgery. Dr. Airhart did surgery on a area that was NOT marked.
The staff there suck! Jackie in the front is rude, arrogant, she acts like she us the only one that matters. I called 3 different times to pay my bill and she was never there and for some reason no one in the office can take the payment. I tried to give my payment details 3 different times and could not pay my payment. Then I call the 4th time and finallygot a hold of of the witch herself you started to get on to me about paying my payment. She was giving me attitude about me calling late and my payment being late after I tried to call 3 times. Then I get a letter from Jetta, who I think is married to Dr.Airhart, saying that I have missed my paying my bill. I think Jackie is insecure in her position and has it where she can only take payments. I guess she wants job security. I had my Doberman puppy there for her check up and to have her ears cropped. I called before I went there and made sure they could work with me on the bill because it isn't a cheap surgery. I was told not to worry and that everything was fine. I took my dog in and was treated crappy by Jackie and was treated like I was nothing but white trash. Now I have to find another vet that has a office staff that knows what they are doing. It seems like a busy body know it all witch is running this office and having a power struggle trip! She doesn't need to be greeting the public. DO NOT TAKE YOUR FAMILY MEMBER THERE!!!!!
My cat was really sick and appeared to be dying. I rushed it in to Dr. Airhart who did some testing and found out that Socks was diabetic. The doctor put him on medication and now Socks is doing so much better!! The clinic is always clean and they have added stained glass lights in the lobby that look classy. I have always been treated well by the staff and found them to be super nice and helpful. I always recommend this clinic to everyone.
My family and I have used Dr. Airhart since 1980 and LOVE him!! He gets to know his clients on a professional and personal level. He is honest and very educated. He is on the Board of Directors for the Texas Veterinary Medical Assn. and he was written up in the AVMA Journal as one of the top three veterinarians with the MOST CE hours out of hundreds of doctors. We highly recommend this doctor after years and years of experience with him. BEST doctor EVER!
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.