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Porter Pet Hospital is by far the best vet. The staff is awesome and their service to my 5 year old pit bull is amazing! Thank you so much for being there for my pup.
Great place for dogs. Staff members are great. Doctors know what they are doing. I have been bringing my pitbull to this place for 3 years now and I love the customer service and medical treatments available for my dog.
Love this vet hospital! The whole staff is great, very professional and courteous. They really care about your pet's welfare. We have 3 cats and take all of them here (started 6 months ago) after experiencing poor service at other vet locations. We will only be coming to Porter Pet and have recommended them to family and friends. LOVE THEM!
Porter Pet Hospital and its staff are top-of-the-line when it comes to pet care and empathy towards owners. My family have taken my dogs Precious and Xerox there for everything they've needed. Most recently our dog Xerox was scratching herself raw (which has happened every year, but we were always buying flea/tick shampoo ad sprays to make her more comfortable). Finally, this past year was the worst with her scratching so much hair off that her skin was showing. We went to Porter Pet Hospital and were told she had skin sensitivity, fleas/ticks more harsh during certain months, and to eliminate giving her table scraps altogether. Along with the professional advice we were given a 4-month treatment for fleas/ticks. Almost immediately changing her diet along with the treatment her scratching ceased and now months later her coat is shinier than ever, glossy, and so soft to the touch. It's due to the diligence of the vet and staff at Porter Pet Hospital that my dog is no longer in pain or uncomfortably spending most of her days scratching. She now frolicks happily in the sun looking shinier every day. Thanks for all your help, Porter Pet Hospital! I really appreciate it your sensitivity, care, and diligence in correctly assessing the problem and treating it so she no longer suffers. I will never go anywhere else for my pet needs! Again, thank you!! Brittney
I love porter pets. They are amazing, friendly and very helpful. I have been going here for 3 years and always leave here knowing my dog has been given the best service.
These guys do a great job with my dog. Most take importantly, they take time to go over the details in long term health with reminder shots, grooming, etc.I have sent my neighbors to them and recommend.
If I could describe Porter Pet Hospital in one word it would be "Fantastic"!! Recently my kids and I took our dog Xerox in to be evaluated as she kept scratching and wouldn't stop even with flea shampoos and sprays. She was miserable and spent at least half of her day just scratching. The staff there is friendly, helpful, empathetic, kind, very knowledgeable, and especially caring! From the moment we walked through the door us and our dog was a priority. We had taken our other dog there as well as our cat and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend them!! They are always honest with us about the treatments and the costs associated with them. The veterinarian there in less than a few seconds diagnosed Xerox as having a chronic skin condition and that was why she was scratching so much combined with a seasonal flea problem. He prescribed both an antibiotic and a steroid and for a minimal expense on the medication the vet has given Xerox her life back. She does not scratch at all and she runs around so much more happily and takes the time out now to lie down and enjoy our company rather than running off scratching herself raw in the doghouse or bushes. We see so much more of her and as crazy as it sounds her behavior shows us that she is a much happier and contented dog. And we owe it to the expertise and knowledgeable vet and staff at Porter Pet Hospital where they have always treated our dogs and cat as one of their very own pets. Again, from the bottom of my family's heart thank you Porter Pet Hospital for all you have done and continue to do for our pets! If it were not for your precise and quick diagnosis with the best course of treatment our little Xerox would still be miserable. You guys are the best and we will never take our pets anywhere else, but to you! Again, thank you for everything! We really appreciate it!
I love porter pet hospital!! The staff are so friendly there! They are very knowledgeable and attentive. I always go there when my dog needs something :)
Best Animal Hospital in SF Valley. Has been my go to since Day 1 with Lucky, and these are my guys- esp, Annie, LJ, and Francisco. All staff great and caring, clean place, doctor is smart. simple. give them your business.
My brother's cat Curious was near death, but thanks to Porter Pet Hospital's caring and knowledgeable staff he is alive today! I highly recommend that should your pet be sick take them here. Your pet will be in the best of hands!
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.