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1340 Palm Bay RdPalm Bay, FL 32905
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
2281 W Eau Gallie BlvdMelbourne, FL 32935
My cat Skittles got outstanding medical and personal treatment by the entire staff! They are fabulous and I'm not sure how Skittles would have fare…
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Great seasoned vet who has the love for pets. Very happy I found her to care for my 3 Yorkies. She just brought the 6yr old back from a serious illness and I am forever grateful to her dedication.
The entire staff are professional, friendly, and so compassionate. BSNC works with me financially also to help ensure my pets get the medical treatment they deserve . They have helped me out with so many of my personal pets and community cats, that I can't say enough good things about them. They truly love animals and make you feel like family. I was especially grateful when they allowed me to be with my cat when she had to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Not every Veterinary Clinic will allow that. Thank you Dr. Connie and staff.
I'm so grateful to the staff. They went above and beyond to make sure my dog was properly taken care of. She was having a check up after a rattlesnake bite. They explained everything so I could give the best care once we got home. My dog is now resting and comfortable. I recommend the Malabar Country Vet to anyone. Thank you so much to the caring staff.
Not happy with your phone service...as you know when your searching for prices on nuetering its so upsetting to get a answering machine letting you know that they will contact you the next business day...not cool at all!
Dr. Mengering is the best Vet at spay neutering your pet, or feral. She is dedicated and compassionate and goes way above and beyond the call of duty.She has helped me with many of my cats. The Community is very blessed and grateful to have her and supports her mission to end pet overpopulation. 5 *****
I love this place. Very friendly and prompt.
Five stars all around! The guys and gals that work at the Florida aid to animals are just awesome. I recently moved to Palm Bay and rescued a 100lb lab from being neglected and tied up in Arizona on the drive down. I brought JD in to get a check up and to set up a neuter appointment, and we had nothing but a positive time. Even when JD freaked out and was growling/barking at all the other dogs and cats they offered for us to wait in an exam room. Once his story got around the building, nearly every employee came over and gave JD treats and attention, he LOVED it. By far one of the best vet experiences I have ever had. The prices are very affordable too!
Wag n Tails is fantastic. The clean facility immediately puts you at easy with regard to the health of the pet. They have been a great find and I'm sure they will not be a best kept secret long because I tell everyone about them. Their prices are extremely reasonable and their care top notch. I am so happy I found them.
I have 3 amazing pets (Goldendoodle, Maine Coon, and Gray Tabby). They are my kids and a major part of our family. I used to dread going to Banfield in Melbourne and was so happy to find Wag N Tails right down the street. Dr. Cail and Krista are great to work with. I always feel at ease when we are in their care. I highly recommend Wag N Tails as your new Vet.
I took my dog yesterday with serious problems. We received great explanation to the small details of our baby's condition. I never got this kind of examination from our previous Vet. We are extremely pleased with the Vet and her staff and planning to switch our other dog also to this Clinic. I will recommend them to all my friends. Also, the pirce was VERY reasonable, and the Clinic is very pretty and very clean.
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.