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We really enjoy going for a fitness swimming once a week Salty enjoying being around Eric and the crew. The only thing I'm trying to figure out is Salty's hair turns a blue tint when swimming. Don't understand that one. Help me out if you can!
I am a long time client and I am really considering a new vet. Appointments are necessary but you won’t get taken back to a room for at least 45-60 minutes. My last visit I was waiting for blood results for A very long time. My doctor got called out of the room for an emergency and I was left in the room for over 45 minutes with no one checking in on us.... 12 doctors in the practice and no one could give me the test results. Well when I went out to the lobby, everyone in the exam rooms were gone And the place was quiet. I either was forgotten or had the unfortunate fate that only 1 of 12 doctors could give me the results. Amazing that the doctor and tech walked into the room at the same time I came back from the lobby. This practice is just too big. They can’t honor appointments and I don’t sense teamwork.
I've received great medical care and boarding for my pets at Middletown Veterinary Hospital for years. It's the friendliest establishment I do business with.
Teddy our beautiful Brenease Mountain Dog, enjoyed his boarding experience, as well as aqua therapy. He became very ill (not associated w boarding) he had surgery to remove a sock! I was worried sick!The entire staff treated Teddy with love, & compassion. They called with updates and treated our family as family. You don't just pick a pediatrician for your child being close to your house, you pick one that is great. I could find a VET 5 mins outside our door- We travel 35 mins one way, so that Teddy is treated with knowable, caring & professional staff. I wouldn't go any other place!
Switched from prior vet after seeing a friend's interaction with and kindnesses of the vets and staff. Have only gone for the vaccinaton clinic so far and the vet tech was wonderful and kind. Prices were VERY reasonable. Love the convenience of 24/7 access if needed. I travel 45 minutes from MD to get there and it is so very worth it.
My cats have been clients of this practice for over 20 years. Recently, my two-year-old was hospitalized severely ill, I worked in an animal shelter and know a dying cat when I see one; I didn’t expect to bring my boy home but after a hospital stay, he is back to his sweet, ornery self. The vet assistants and techs seem compassionate and caring, even with my less than friendly patients. Over the years, Dr. Beste has come to our house to humanely euthanize our seniors when it was time, this made those difficult times more bearable. I always feel a little better when Dr. Beste personally treats my animals but have faith he will train his younger staff to follow in his shoes. It is very comforting to have 24/7 care available, if needed. As trite as it sounds, Dr. Beste really is the best!Update - another of my cats became ill, presenting the same symptoms as the one mentioned above, they were unable to diagnose what is wrong but treated the symptoms. The last few times I've had an ill animal, I haven't been able to get a regular appointment in less than a week and have had to take them in as an emergency patient at a much higher cost. I don't know if the practice is understaffed but I find this very disheartening and poor client service.
Pete located a raccoon under our deck. Deuce and him had a really great time playing tug of war with it. Thank you Middletown Vet for the rabies booster shots and for being open 24 hours a day. It is a relief to pet owners, in time of need, to know that you are there for our pets.
My dog was hit by a car on a Sunday morning and I was so frantic to get her to the vet and get her help that I totally forgot it was a Sunday. Thank god they turned my vet into an animal hospital. Dr Beste took good care of her and she's bouncing back. It's a wonderful caring staff in a beautiful set up! I can't recommend them enough. Thank you Dr. Beste glad you got home in time to still catch some football;)
We took our dog to get checked for a few things. We waited 1 and half hours and still didnt see a vet. They had an emergencyBut should have told us sooner.We ended up leaving because he still wasnt available so we left.We got meds for my dog but before we waited so long they should have told us he wasn't available.
From the first day we took our new puppy here we have never been so pleased! 2 weeks after getting Murphy we had a trip planned and had to board him. They treated him like one of there own. All of Murphy's appts have been quick & easy. He actually doesn't mind going into his appts. The staff and Vets are kind and caring. We walk in and they know our pets name...Our service has been excellent and we couldn't ask for more. We have used the grooming & kennels services with NO problems. This place is spotless! Could not ask for better care.
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.