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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.
I am extremely picky in choosing the best health care for my Great Danes. Awesome care has provided me and my Danes with exceptional service for many years. My last Dane lived to be almost 12 years old because of the superb treatment that she received at Awesome Care, and my 2 year old Dane has been receiving the same quality of treatment as well.I receive cards in the mail and phone calls when my pet is sick to check on my pet and remind me to bring her in for a final checkup after medications are given. I receive reminder cards for all the shots, preventative treatments and tests that pets need in order to keep them happy and healthy. I can call and speak to my pet's Vet and ask questions and get advice. During the several years of regular visits to this clinic, I have been very impressed by the thorough tests they perform to ensure that I make the best treatment decisions for my pets. For instance, today I took my Dane to Awesome Care for a swollen eye and red spots on her abdomen. Although Dr. Julieta was certain that it was a chemical reaction from my swimming pool water, she advised me to allow her to scrape some of the tissue from my Dane's abdomen to test it to make sure that there wasn't something else going on with my pet since she had gone to a Doggy camp last weekend to play with her doggie friends. She also tested her cornea for damage to make sure that it was in fact just an allergic reaction. Thank you Dr. Julieta! Dr. Julieta has a beautiful accent, but speaks clear and fluent English and is always very thorough with treatments and is always very kind and loving with my pets. THEY LOVE ALL THE VETS AT AWESOME CARE and they have such a positive experience every single time. I also want to add that the cleanliness, and professionalism at Awesome Care is superb every single time I visit!Thank you for giving my pets such "AWESOME CARE".
The prices are reasonable, they do not overcharge. My dog had a problem last year that nobody could figure out...Southside couldn't figure it out, and I also took her to Neel Veterinary. Each place ran all kinds of tests, but all came back negative. The staff at Southside really did all they could to help her, and what I really appreciated was that they didn't charge me for consecutive re-exams for the same illness. Most vets will charge you each and every time you have to take your pet in, but they just charged me for meds when I had to keep taking her back for the same problem. We did eventually solve the mystery; she was having bad reactions to the heartworm medicine she was on. We switched her to another one, and she's been fine ever since. I think they're great. It's not posh, it's not glam...but it's not dirty, (as I saw one post elude to) the building is just an older building, with older furniture, but the clinic and exam rooms are clean. They are first come, first serve. If you don't like waiting, get there first. If you have an emergency and they can't get you in, go to Neel. What you don't want to do, is take your pet to Banfield. Did that done that. They overcharge, and oversell everything. They're more interested in selling you pet insurance than the health of your pet....and your wallet. I'd also like to add that I took an injured dove to Southside once... a wild bird, not a pet, and though she told me they couldn't treat wild animals, I could see it tugging at her. She wanted to help it., but all she could do was hold it and make it comfortable while it expired, so that's what she did. Point is, I don't think they'd let an eight week old kitten, an animal they CAN help...die out in their waiting room as that one post stated. I don't believe that for a minute. Southside Dog Cat and Bird are good people.
I have been going to dr Leighton for over 20 years starting with my childhood pet. He is the most caring vet I've ever had, I always ended up back in his office no matter how far I move because he is absolutely the most respectable vet in Oklahoma City. He never scared me by telling me things that weren't true, when other vet clinics were pretty much telling me my dog was gonna die if I didn't fork out $700 for immediate surgery.. He always rembered my dog and her name, and was very friendly. Prompt service and always had time to get me right in if needed. I want to thank him for everything he has done because he was the only vet that would help me instead of trying to rip me off. He rembered me when I was a little girl bringing my childhood dog in with my grandmother when I was 9 years old. It really means a lot when a business makes you feel like family. Btw my childhood dog was pregnant and a very small chihuahua, I believe he took her home with him to make sure she didn't have any complications throughout the night, she is 18 years old now. We really appreciated all he did, things are a little different now that he is in his 80s, I don't see mr Leighton every time I visit but his staff is great- they are just as caring and friendly as he was. I would recommend him to anyone in Okc. Don't blame your vet for things that are not in their control, things happen that are inevitable and nothing can stop it- not even a great veterinarian. people expect too much, this is a 5 star vet clinic- 5 star staff- with a 5 star willingness for people who need them.
I just want to thank you, and let you know how pleased we are with the care our dogs have received when visiting your clinic! As a long time animal owner, I am very picky about where I take my animals for their health care. Each and every time we have been to your clinic, we have been greeted by a happy caring staffmember. They immediately make you feel right at home. I think it's wonderful that they do provide service in both English and Spanish, as Oklahoma has a large Hispanic population. The clinic is clean and sanitary, as are all the staff that I have come into contact with. When one of my dogs get sick, after visiting with Dr. Jaime Cowdrey, I always get a follow up phone call the very next day, to see how my dog is doing. My own "people" doctor doesn't even do that for me!! We have been part of a rescue organization for Husky and Alaskan Malamutes. Both doctors at this clinic were happy to work with us for these dogs, both on health, and pricing. We have had other vets in the past who may have been a tiny bit cheaper to go to, but let's face it, you get what you pay for. When my animals go to this clinic, I KNOW that they will receive the best of care, both medically, and compassionately. We would not even think of going to anyone else. I encourage both Dr. Julie, and Dr. Jaime to keep up the great work. It is such a relief to know that should my animals get sick or hurt, I can count on them to do everything in their power for them. God Bless Awesome Care!!Mom to furbabies:Jake, Rags, Munroe, and Maximillion
I’ve brought my dog and cat to Boyer's Veterinary Clinic for the past eight years and am very pleased with the service I have received. There are three veterinarians in the office and I have used all of them, although clients can request a specific doctor if they wish. They have ample appointments available and have always been able to get me an appointment for the same day when necessary. They have evening hours three days a week which makes it easier for me to schedule appointments after work. The doctors in this clinic are conservative and take the high cost of veterinary care into consideration when making recommendations for pet care. I appreciate this as I have been to other clinics that try to guilt clients into purchasing unnecessary and expensive treatments for their pets. All of the doctors are great, but I especially enjoy working with Dr. Bentley. She is very devoted to my dog and recently went to great lengths to find a diagnosis. She took time to speak with me and explain test results and the diagnosis in laymen’s terms and provided me with literature to read at home. I know she has both my dog’s and my best interest at heart and I feel confident in her abilities.
I have been to this store a few times and overall they were friendly and knowledgeable. The same cannot be said for the Vet portion of the store. I believe they are called Veterinary Technicians and one of them was extremely rude. She made it seem like all the clients were in her way and she had a rude tone when speaking to anyone! Even one of the Veterinarians! She rolled her eyes at the Veterinarian when she simply asked a question. I will NEVER go back to the Vet portion because of this one woman which is unfortunate because the Vet on staff that day was very kind. I think her name was Dr. Fruitt (I had to look her name up on their website!) and I found her very pleasant and kind. Maybe if they hired nicer Technicians then I would go back. If you go to this clinic beware of this one Technician! You will know her when you see her. Probably late 20's with glasses and an attitude from you know where. I was surprised by her demeanor because when I called to make the appointment the girl on the phone was very nice. I would have given this place one star but I decided on two because the Vet was so nice.
I respectfully could not disagree with Lilly28 more. The people at Ranchwood were the most wonderful people one could ever wish for during the most devastating time in my life. At my wits end, I called Ranchwood at 6 am and they could not have been more helpful. They met me at the hospital shortly thereafter to help me try to save my beloved family member. Thoughout the last three months of my Samuel's life, they literally did everything humanly possible to help him and me. Ultimately, we lost the battle, but it certainly wasn't due to a lack of willingness to fight. The loss of family is a trying time for even the strongest person and I am a loss for words on exactly how these wonderful people helped me through it. I promise if I ever decide to take in another family member in, the folks at Ranchwood will be the ONLY medical professionals that will ever treat him/her while I am in Oklahoma City. To those professionals at Ranchwood, my sincere thank you will never appropriately explain my gratitude for all you did for Samuel and me.
Regarding most services offered in this world, the old saying applies: You get what you pay for. Dr. Rubin and his staff charge a fair price for highly professional work, simple as that. We have two dear little Yorkies, less than 4 pounds each. When they were pups Dr. Rubin advised to have them spayed but we decided to wait for one (though we might breed her, but too small). At the age of 9 she developed a HUGE infection in her uterus when in season (not all that usual it seems). To cut to the chase things were life threatening for our little dog and as usual Dr. Rubin came through like a PRINCE, literally saved her life. She feels so much better now with her infection gone and she's returned to her usual self - a ball of fire Dr. Rubin is the only vet ever to touch our dogs and always will be. So if you consider you dog the best, then have him/her overseen by the best is my advice.
I love this vet because he's reasonable on prices and my pets are always treated well but I've had to reschedule my cats appointment several times because they tell me to drop them off between 7am-12pm and they aren't open. Under personal circumstances I had to move to Enid and I am totally willing to drive 2 hours to have this vet take care of my pets but I am not going to waste my time and gas for a vet that lies about when they are open and when I am able to drop off my pets. Even in the past 2 years when I lived in okc I would make appointments, show up and they would be closed with no notification on the door or any business hours posted not do they call to let me know if hours have changed or anything. If I were them I would become more professional and be open on the hours they say they are open especially for appointments that I wait a month to almost 2 months for
I saw the post showing the $10 offer and I counted the number of posts to make sure it was past 10 so you would know I am not writing this for a credit. I will bet you that anyone, except that post, would gladly have written a review for them without any "gift." Not to mention what a great vet he is, he and his staff are the nicest people you will ever deal with. They care for our "children" as if they were there own. If one of our pets was sick, and needed treatment there was always follow up calls to make sure they were getting better. Got a pet who just needs some medical advice, give them a call, they will try to help you on the phone without asking you to come in and pay for an office visit.I have been using to Cherokee Hills for over 20 years and would not think of going elsewhere. Best,John Douglas
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.