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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 have a 15 month old puppy, Lilly, who is a blue pit bull. Unfortunately she had broken out in hives due to allergies. We gave it 24 hours hoping it would past but with time the bums multiplied got red and eventually started bleeding. We called our usual vet and they couldn't fit us in until a week later! I didn't understand how they couldn't just fit her in for an antihistamine when my puppy was scratching to the bone. I then called ABC they said "oh yes bring her in we'll take care of her!" They were awesome got us right in took her temp and wasn't more than 5-10 minutes till we saw the vet. She calmed my nerves immediately by saying this isn't unusual and I've been a good parent. The vet was so upbeat and positive it made a negative experience into a good time. As for the bill it was the best I've seen yet! ( And I've been to a number of vets.) Because it was our first visit the exam was FREE! And they DIDN'T push us to buy a whole bunch of the "good to have" but "not necessary" stuff. They gave her her shot and her antibiotic and we were out of there. It felt awesome to not get ripped off and get great service. THUMBS UP!!!
I scheduled an appointment for a general check up so it wasn't like I NEEDED to be seen that same day. When I asked if I could come in she did tell me their afternoon appointments were booked, if I really wanted her to squeeze me in I would have to expect to wait awhile to be seen. Or.....I could take an open appointment the following day where my wait time would be very minimal if any. I chose the next day and wasn't even finished filling out the form when my dog's name was called. Now maybe I just happen to pick a day when business was slow but it's not too often that any kind of doctor's office scheduling is right on time. (I expect to wait at least 20 minutes at my own doctor appointments, who doesn't?) Anyway, the visit went well. The doctor is friendly, the staff are nice - and I could tell they all work together well. I've been to some hospitals where the tension in the air between the staff is sooo obvious, it makes anyone feel uncomfortable, but this place has some good people.
We've taken our dog here for the last year or so because it was walking distance from our old house. I've never been "thrilled" with our experience there until our visit last Sunday. - First off, they are open Sunday all day! - No ER vet rates is very cool! Sunday our dog woke up with a paw the size of a baseball and couldn't walk. ABC could fit us in for an appointment that day and the vet was able to figure out within a few minutes, what was wrong. Our dog required surgery to located a small fox tail that went between her toes and under her skin. ABC Vet was able to do the surgery that day but warned that they may not be able to find the tiny grass like thing that was in her leg. They found it after an hour of searching and our dog is now "good as new". The staff was super nice and everyone in our household is all wags!
A friend of mine recommended ABC. After reading some reviews I was a little hesitant about this place. I decided to take a chance and took my beagle to ABC vet for his first checkup ever. I was very pleased with their service. They answered ALL my question(trust me they were many), gave us a budget with all the services recommended for my dog and went through it all. They even gave me ways to save money on vet costs and med. At no moment did I feel they were pushing on us unnecessary tests and products. I believe the fees are reasonable. My pet and I received great attention and care. I got the most helpful vet assistant who took all the time to make sure all our concerns were fixed. I recommend ABC Vet on Hornblend based on my first experience with them.
We have been coming to the ABC Vet office in Kearny Mesa for almost 5 years now. A part of why we continue coming back is becuase of two of your technicians. Our 5 year old lab, Bad Betty was hit by a car in March 2012 and after several surgeries, we needed to bring her in for daily foot wraps so we got to know the staff extremely well. Everyone was wonderful. They seemed to have a special place in their hearts for her and were always willing to answer the numerous questions we had regarding her care. We recently rescued another lab, Happy Jack, and they have continued to amaze us with their caring nature, patience, love for our pets and willingness to always help. Thank you!
These guys are great - I can't say enough good things about this shop. They’re smart, the place is clean, there's a nice waiting room, and they take the time to talk you through all the repairs. There’s no hard sell on stuff you don't need, they are willing to discuss what has to be done NOW, and what can wait, if you can't pay for all the repairs. They even save the damaged parts & will show them to you if you want! In addition, they washed the car, use a AAA discount on labor, and give new customers a little welcome kit for your glove compartment. And there's coffee & cookies in the waiting room! I have finally found my new mechanic.
Dr. Osawa is an awesome vet! My dog has had a very bad stomach condition since birth and every time it flares up it is very painful for her...its kind of like puppy colitis. We have been to several different vets over the past 7 years to try and diagnose and prevent the flare ups, and they always prescribed harmful steroids and antibiotics. When we took her to Dr Osawa he took the time to thoroughly research the condition and prescribed a medicine called sulfasalazine which has been AMAZING! We haven't had a problem since! Dr Osawa is a very kind and caring vet and I think that everyone should take their pet there for the very best care.
My dog was attacked by a pit - and this was the place that saved him. I went in there practically hysterical and it was all a blur. They handled the "emergency" quite well, especially for not being an actual E R. The doctor there was great, he has a positive attitude and was even willing to stay there after hours to do surgery on my dog. I was not "sent away" or referred to another hospital because it was near closing time. My dog stayed overnight and the next day when I picked him up he looked like a sewn up puppet - but he is ALIVE and I appreciate every one who works at this place who helped.
I gave them 5 stars for the most recent care at this facility. My boyfriend’s 9 week old pitbull puppy came down with parvo due to exposure to another puppy that contracted it. While we are careful to the utmost extent and made sure the puppy was vaccinated ASAP, he still got sick. I have been to their facility more times in the last week than i can count, the vet PERSONALLY called us to check on his progress since we were unable to afford hospitalization and had to opt for home care only. The staff know him by name and are genuinely concerned for his health and continue to check in with us to hear of his progress.
The staff was very helpful and informative. I took my two kittens in to get spayed and neutered. I dropped them off in the morning and picked them up after work. They called me to let me know that my kitties were doing well after their surgery. When I picked them up, one of the ladies at the front desk gave me some extra tips on fighting fleas. There were plenty of people there waiting to be helped but she still took the time to give me individual attention. I did not feel rushed out the door. I had a great experience and will continue to take my animals to ABC.
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.