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3802 N Lockwood Ridge RdSarasota, FL 34234
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 …
901 Jordan Blass DrMelbourne, FL 32940
I was fortunate to encounter Dr Dylan Buss at the Powerline Rd office when my Shih Tzu cut her cornea. Dr Buss treated Lucy with great care & concer…
4715 Vincennes BlvdCape Coral, FL 33904
From Business: Baywood Veterinary Hospital has been serving Cape Coral and the Fort Myers, Fl area since 1978. Our veterinarians Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Dr. Sue Peters, and Dr. Mar…
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My 2 greys and 2 cats have been coming here for 3 years. They're the best.
He killed my bulldog for a simple dental appointment. I will never ever forget that pain of taking my healthy best friend, into an incompetent fool. What fool so call vet would use so much anesthesia on a bulldog. Again I will never forget but I'm sure he has. Incompetence should not be awarded. !!!!!! Beware !!!!!!!!
Terrible. Rude and ruff with animals. All about money. The vet is crazy yells and is sooo unprofessional.
snotty bad blood results back to Port Charlotte for me to the dr Stevensmaybe they should turn this into a weiner stand
Rude total different results from another clinic and our pet is doing very well now even our blood work had a different result down 41no time for loud mouth rude malcontent veterinarians
Great place, my puppy had an ear infection and they got us in right away. 10 days later with the medicine prescribed she was feeling great!
Wonderful veterinarian clinic who quickly jumped into action and saved my dogs life. Very caring and loving. Strongly recommend this clinic for all your vet needs. You won't find better. Dr. Minnich did a wonderul job.
I have been going to Heron Creek since 2008. I love this clinic. all the dogs LOVE going here! They do much appreciated follow ups after any of my fur babies have seen the great Drs. there. We are not just a number here! They all treat my kids (boxers) just as I do...Like they ARE my KIDS. From being greeted by Laura when we walk in, to the boys Brandon and Octavio. DR. SMITH has done some amazing surgeries on Rock the wonder dog and thankfully she is still with me at almost 11 yrs old. I completely trust this staff at Heron Creek . I would and do tell everyone needing vet care this is the place to go! I have taken my foster boxers here also,although the boxer rescue will pay for a different clinic..I prefer HERON CREEK and gladly pay myself for my fosters care. Plenty of animal clinics in the north port area, I wanted the best for my kids...and found it at Heron Creek. Everyone there cares, you don't see that much at many other places...this is a very caring and compassionate clinic.
Over vaccinates puppies. very disappointing to put young pups at risk. need to wait until their immune system matures
If you love your pet, don't go here please. there are many other good places in North Port. I go to Peace River in Punta Gorda and they are fabulous. Toledo Blade Animal Clinic in North Port, FL prescribed us $30 Tresaderm for my cats ears but gave us a generic mislabeled bottle with the wrong instructions. I almost gave my cat bad medicine twice a day for 10 days. I am horrified. They refused to reimburse me for the meds. Just don't take the chance at this place.
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.