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8814 SW Highway 200Ocala, FL 34481
From Business: Southwest Ocala Veterinary Hospital focuses on taking care of your pets while taking care of your wallet, and customer service and making sure all your questions …
3931 SW 42nd StOcala, FL 34474
Thank you Dr. Menard so much for taking care of Trigger's surgery. If not for you and your staff we would most certainly have lost him. Your staff w…
3200 SW 27th AveOcala, FL 34471
Our 11-week-old Shih Tzu puppy, Navi, fell into a bucket of car wash and almost drowned. After an uncaring vet at another facility basically wrote N…
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Our 11-week-old Shih Tzu puppy, Navi, fell into a bucket of car wash and almost drowned. After an uncaring vet at another facility basically wrote Navi off as dead, he suggested we take Navi to the UF Pet Emergency clinic since his facility was closing for the night. That was the only good thing that other vet did for Navi.At UF we were met by caring staff who immediately took Navi and put him into an oxygen cage. The vet then met with us and explained our options, and told us that Navi might not make it through the night. They allowed us to go back to visit Navi before leaving, and promised to call if there was any change in his condition.The following morning, Dr. Carver called and said Navi had made it through the night. He'd had a rough patch, but they'd nursed him through it. He said that Navi should be on oxygen for at least another day or two for the best chance of survival. He also said that the prior (awful) vet STILL had not sent Navi's x-rays showing the pneumonia. After discussion, we decided that Dr. Carver would transport Navi to UF in Gainesville for further oxygen and antibiotic treatment.Long story short, Navi was near death on Tuesday night and I got the call from Dr. Martinez that he was well enough to go home on Thursday morning! I can't say enough good things about the UF clinics -- both Ocala and Gainesville. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the vets and staff (and students, Kelly!). Everyone we interacted with was kind, caring, and obviously loved animals.
From the first moment I was there, it's obvious that the staff truly cares and respects animals. I am a Mom/slave to 2 cats and have had several foster cats, and I trust this office 100%. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Ed and his staff to anyone! *I am not employed there nor do I know anyone in the office personally. My honest review is based on all of my experiences as a patients' owner.
I have been taking my dog and rabbits to this clinic for over 2 years and although we relocated we still use this clinic for our animals. We have had emergencies and regular visits and the staff here are professional, the prices are very fair and the experience of both Veterinarians are above and beyond!
Incredibly without understanding when I asked if they were able to treat my small dog with CHF. I told them I was searching for someone who was an expert in the field. They were clueless and mean on the phone to me.
Dr. Billiar saved my Llhaso Apso's life. She only had to see her once to know exactly what to do for her.
I did not experience the friendliness of the vet nor the technician during my visit with a little sick female fur baby I grew to love in a very short 36 hours of being in my presence. Instead both seemed cold with no real concern for the little one that was perhaps a cast-away by a heartless human due to her illness. A physical exam that one would expect was not done, however two lab tests were supposedly done. A good deed was, however, offered by the female doctor and I accepted out of total appreciation. Perhaps it was an off day, however I will seek out care from another animal clinic if need be in the future.
I had such a great experience at All Pets Clinic. Nothing can come to mind for them to change anything or improve on.
For the amount of pets that All Pets Clinic treats, their office is spotless. Their new facility is gorgeous!
Dr. Billiar is the best in town. Her and her staff are amazing with animals and know exactly what to do whether it's a checkup or emergency. I trust them completely.
Dr Ed and his staff are wonderful I had to put my dog down and they were so comforting giving me all the time I needed.They sent a impression of my snowballs foot and love it because they are open on Sunday..Cathy smith
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.