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I can't say enough positive things about this vet. The level of caring and understanding from all members of staff is incredible. They explain every…
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Friendly, knowledgeable staff! Basically no wait at all, and they were able to take me last minute when I noticed a problem with my cat that was urgent, but not necessarily emergent (i.e. it could've waited till another day if it had to). Dr. Smalls was wonderful with my rambunctious puppy, and made me feel like I'd known her for years!
I have used Dr. Karli Flanagan's In Home Veterinary Care for several years, for both routine and sick visits to my several cats, as well as in-house euthanasia. Her service and professionalism are top notch. She is very responsive, and when in your home, gentle and considerate with your pets. Some of my cats were/are ferals, very skittish, yet she has great ideas on how to gently subdue them for treatment. I have several medicines I get from her, and I have these within a day or two of ordering, sometimes the same day. (Many of my cats are special needs, so have medical problems.). Her prices are very competitive, and she is very willing to refer to bricks and mortar vets, should treatment be needed that is not suited to a home environment. I am very picky about my cats' care, and trust her to give them excellent care, and make helpful suggestions for me for their daily care. Home care is so much better for your pets, and I know you will not be disappointed if you use Dr. Flanagan.
Dr Flanigan is simply amazing! I can't speak highly enough of her attention to detail, concern for my pets or how quickly she will get to you when you need her! Also very reasonable prices. I wish I had a people doctor as amazing as she is!
Dr. Karli Flannigan came to my home to euthanize my cat who had lung cancer. She was so compassionate and gentle, my Petey was first gently sedated so he was asleep immediately. It was very calm and dignified. She seems like a super caring person and will definitely be my family vet to my 7 other cats. This was my first meeting with Dr. Flannigan and was so impressed she is now my Vet.
Dr. Flanagan just put down my dog at home and it was the best experience I could have wished for my dog and my family considering the occasion. Dr. Flanigan is very calm, considerate, and compassionate. Her priority is the animal. My dog 'fell asleep' within 3 seconds. Dr. Flanigan stepped out for 10 minutes and allowed us to say good bye. Putting an animal down at home reduces the animals anxiety tremendously and he was able to leave peacefully. Thank you so much!
Dr Flanagan has enhanced my pet's quality of life by coming directly to my home for their well and sick visits. They are treated in the comfort of their own familiar environment and are much more relaxed. Dr. Flanagan is honest, knowledgable and professional. She has been our vet for 5 years and I highly recommend her. She is caring, patient and my pets trust her. Recently we had a pet emergency and she was at my door within 20 minutes. She is reliable and available 7 days a week.
In Home Veterinary Care is a housecall vet doctor that comes to our home for our pets. Dr. Karli Flanagan is a great veterinarian. She comes to our home and treats our pets any time we need her. She is always available. She treats my 2 dogs and 3 cats as if they are her own. She provides personalized vet care and our pets never seem stressed. My dogs get so stressed out when they get to the vet hospital that we had gone to in the past because big dogs bark at them when they walk into the vet hospital. When Dr. Karli comes to our home, the dogs act like she is one of our family. Our cats hate the carrier and car, and now with Dr. Karli coming to our house they never again have to be shoved into the carrier and get all stressed out traveling and getting barked up at the vet hospital. Dr. Karli's prices are cheaper than the veterinary hospitals that we went to in the past because she doesn't have all the expenses of a typical animal hospital. We love having her to our home for our pets and would never change.
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.