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From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
It's been my very good fortune to have been a client of Dr. Roth's for almost 4 years. He and his staff, Leah, Mallory, Ashley, Samantha & now Malinda, have given the very best care to my pets (and me!)through regular checkups and very serious medical situations. Their professionalism and up to date knowledge of veterinary medicine is always first rate. Each pet is treated with great care and affection - I never doubt that my pets are being cared for as lovingly as the staff treats their own pets. Dr. Roth is extremely easy to talk to, and always takes time to answer my questions. Walking in the door you will be immediately impressed with the friendly welcome and environment. The clinic is always very clean and odor free. After each visit I leave with the feeling that my pets are truly special to Bayview Pet Medical and Dental Center. Also, something that's very important to me, is that I always leave feeling appreciated and valued as a client. Dr. Roth has established a level of excellence in veterinary care and service to his clients that is second to none. Tell everyone!
Can't say enough good things about Bayview Pet Medical and Dental. We've been taking our two senior dogs and senior cat to Bayview for about 2.5 years now. You know how it goes with senior pets, so we are frequent flyers there between regular checkups, surgeries, dental cleanings, etc. Dr. Roth is extremely thorough, compassionate, and highly knowledgeable about the latest technologies and medicines. He always takes the time to explain -- in language I understand -- what's going on and answers all of my questions. Staff members are super friendly and likewise genuinely interested in my pets' health and happiness. The office atmosphere is calm and not chaotic like some other local vets. We've lived all over as a military family and have been to loads of vets; Bayview is by far the BEST vet our pets have been to (plus we appreciate the military discount!). HIGHLY recommend Bayview and Dr. Roth!
Our experience with Dr. Roth and his staff is absolutely excellent !!!!!! Five Star plus, plus, actually. Our 12 year old Cairn Terrier (Fred) developed Diabetes and was barely hanging on when we contacted The Bayview Medical and Dental Center. After a couple of visits consisting of changing Fred's diet and Insulin, there was marked improvement. Then an Intestinal infection was cleared up and now Fred is back to "Pulling" me as we go on our walks. Fred has lost his hearing and sight due to the Diabetes but is handling the situation extremely well and we all know that Dr. Roth, Ashley, Malrey and Samatha love and care for him just as if he is their own. Thanks a million to each of you for your sincere concern and determination to make our little boy as healthy as possible!!!!!! We're truly most appreciative of all your efforts!!!!Joe and Bonnie Godwin (and Fred, of course!)
Dr. Roth and his wonderful staff always give the very best care to my pets (and me!) if our visit is for a regular checkup or treatment of very serious medical situations. Their professionalism and up to date knowledge of veterinary medicine is always first rate. Each pet is treated with great care and affection - I never doubt that my pets are being cared for as lovingly as the staff treat their own pets. Walking in the door you will be immediately impressed with the friendly welcome. The clinic is always very clean and odor free. After each visit I leave with the feeling that my pets are truly special to Bayview Pet Medical and Dental Center and I feel appreciated and valued as a client. Dr. Roth has established a level of excellence in veterinary care and service that is second to none.
We moved from Virginia to Gulfport, Mississippi and needed to find a vet. We found a vet here in the Gulfport area but we were not happy with the staff. We had a Chichuahua that needed dental work. Took her to our "regular" vet here in town and was going to cost us well over $1000. Looked online for another vet that does dental work---we found Dr. Roth. Took our Sweetie Pie and was treated as if we had been there for years! Th staff there is like family and that is how we are treated. Love the way they take care of our babies!!! We drive over 45 minutes away to see Dr. Roth and his staff. They work as a team and very efficient and it shows in the treatment and the responses from our babies!!!Sincerely, Evelyn and Wanda with Pudge-Gee, Ernie Mac-Mac, and Loo-See Loo.....
I have been a client at this clinic for over four years. I love the personal touch and one-on-one attention we get and rightly deserve as a pet owner. Each staff member has addressed me and my sweet dog, by name. They answer my questions and always fit me in the schedule. Dr. Roth has educated me on pet care and now I can make sure my furry family member stays healthy. I cannot say enough good things about this clinic. The doctor, staff, and compassion they have for animals is outstanding. I would recommend them to anyone! Thank you for all you do for our pets.
Bayview Pet Medical & Dental Center has a great environment to bring your furry friends! Dr. Roth makes sure that you get one-on-one time and he offers such a wide variety of services from dental care, boarding, grooming, and more. It was nice to find a place that had everything I needed in one facility. Dr. Roth is very professional and showed my pets the attention and love they deserve! I won't take my pets anywhere else! The staff is extremely courteous and they know your name when you walk in! Every pet should be treated with care this kind of care!
I have only been there a couple times and I actually went there to get a second opinion because the other vet was so sure she needed spinal surgery and trying to send me to a specialist in Alabama and they refused to take ex rays saying it was pointless it wouldn't tell them anything and then I saw Dr. Roth and he set up with a different treatment plan after he did xrays and found out surgery was not nessasary and she is feeling and walking so much better and it's only been a couple days on the new meds I will be sticking with this Vet for sure.
I've been taking my animals to Bayview Pet Medical and Dental Center for over 2 years and I wouldn't think of taking them anywhere else. Dr. Roth and the staff are all very caring and compassionate. The clinic is very modern and clean and they are always willing to work us into their schedule if we need an appointment. Several of my dogs have required major surgeries and they have always received the best care at this hospital. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone who wants the best care for their pet!
I went to Bayview Pet Medical looking for one-on-one time with a veterinarian that would answer all the questions concerning my pet's health and well-being. Other places did not take the time to sit down and listen to my concerns. Dr. Roth and his well organized, friendly, and knowledgable staff helped me and my pet to feel at home in a wonderful environment. I would not take my pet any place else! Thank you for the amazing and supportive 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.