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I was fortunate to encounter Dr Dylan Buss at the Powerline Rd office when my Shih Tzu cut her cornea. Dr Buss treated Lucy with great care & concer…
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Dr Baker did surgery on a stray dog that was hit by car. She has taken care of the puppy since she was 2 months old. Now is about 6 months. She has given the puppy to me to train as a ADA Service Dog. She has absorbed all the cost including spay, 6 months flea medication and heart worm. Even gave her toys, cushion and food. You will never find a more caring animal hospital. Forest Park Animal Hospital is at the top of the list. Thank you and your staff for the love that you show all of the animals that are in your care and have been in your care. God bless you.Love Carol Seaver and Gracey
I have used a couple veterinarians in Panama City and this one is my favorite. The doctor knows her stuff and the prices are fair. I know my animals are in good hands.
BEST VET IN PANAMA CITY HANDS DOWN!!! DON'T TAKE YOUR PETS ELSEWHERE!!!This place is NOT about the money. They truly care for your pets and even you! They will not hesitate to open their doors early if you have an emergency! My dog was fixed by Spay Bay and it ended up turning into a terrible infection. Forest Park literally allowed me to come in a full hour before opening and had someone there waiting for me! I couldn't appreciate a business like this anymore
We were very fortunate to find Dr. Fowler when our 6 year old Australian Shepherd began losing control of her hind legs. After a thorough exam and background of Daisy's condition, Dr. Fowler started Daisy on acupuncture, Chinese herbs to relieve pain and inflammation and a home cooked diet. She referred us to UofFl to confirm Daisy's diagnosis of IVDD. Basically, arthritis in her vertebrae. We chose not to have surgery as there was little assurance the condition would be better or not return. Dr. Fowler was an important part of keeping Daisy pain-free and comfortable for the next year and a half. When the time came, Dr. Fowler came to our house to euthanize Daisy so she could be at home with us when she crossed over. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Fowler and her tech Jen. They treat their patients like their own animals, and are very gentle and loving in their care.
Simply the best . Doctors Fav and Baker are caring and gifted Vets who have been a great resource and support for my family as my basset hound has fought lymphoma for the past two years . The staff are great and caring as well . We are lucky and proud to be their client.
Dr Fowler has made me a true believer in Alternative medicine. My labrador (age 10 at the time) was diagnosed with nasal cancer 22 months ago and is still alive and well and cancer FREE. The combination of western medicine (radiation and chemo) combined with acupuncture for his immune system and anti-cancer herbs has saved his life. He is the only dog in the COUNTRY still in a Pfizer Palladia study for nasal cancer. All other dogs in the study have passed on or their cancer did not respond to treatment. The difference with Boz (now 12) is that he did acupuncture and herbs with Dr Fowler. Auburn Veterinary Clinic calls Boz their poster dog. Dr. Fowler's treatment has made a huge impact in our lives.
I began taking my German shepherd, Kirra, to Dr. Fowler in Dec 2012 when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, hemangiosarcoma. Dr. Fowler was highly recommended by a friend who had taken her dog who has cancer as well. Dr. Fowler began with an assessment with all Kirra's current records, xrays, lab reports, etc from conventional vets. She began with creating a diet based around her cancer known as the "cancer diet". It was made of foods that would aid her condition and I that I could make easily at home. Next, she put my dog on certain Chinese herbs that were based around her cancer and what she was lacking (she had become anemic). Kirra was a fussy eater and could sniff out any medicine but Dr. Fowler always had a solution for this! She was always on hand for any questions (and trust me I had MANY). Along with the diet and herbs we did acupuncture and B12 shots on Kirra. Her office was warm and welcoming. The acupuncture treatments would take 30 minutes to an hour and as Kirra would lie there relaxed, Dr. Fowler and I would chat and she would calm me and reassure me with Kirra's treatment, condition and overall health.Kirra was given weeks to months by Auburn Veterinary Hospital. I feel that with Dr. Fowler's diet, herbs, and acupuncture Kirra had a happy and lively 3 months. She was given a grime diagnosis by conventional vets and treated with chemotherapy. Dr Fowler helped treat Kirra's side effects from chemo with acupuncture and it worked, instantly. Kirra once walked in to her office and she had not eaten in 2 days. Dr Fowler tried giving her treats. No go. After hitting appetite stimulant points on Kirra with acupuncture, right after she ate up all the treats and her appetite came back.Unfortunately with all the treatment with conventional and holistic medicine, the inevitable happened and Kirra began to hemorrhage. All I wanted was for my baby to be comfortable and home when the time came. Dr. Fowler drove an hour and a half to my house and ended my baby's suffering. She made it as peaceful as it could have been. I held her the whole time. Dr. Fowler then made all the arrangements for me and I had to do nothing which was so helpful at such a devastating time.I can not say enough good things about Dr. Fowler. I HIGHLY recommend her and her wonderful services. Since I had started seeing her for Kirra I have recommended her to all my friends and coworkers who have loved animals from cats to horses. She has the BEST bedside manner and truly wants the best for you and your beloved pet. She will be honest with you and that is sometimes hard to hear but it is in the best interest of your beloved pet.Thank you Dr Fowler for making a devastating event peaceful, calm and comforting. She was able to end my baby's suffering so compassionately. Words can not express my gratitude and I am forever grateful. Kirra fell asleep peaceful in my arms at our home where she was most comfortable. I felt her last breath and was able to tell her how much I loved her the whole time. That is all I could ever wish for at that time and Dr. Fowler made that possible.
So I am originally from the North west, and I have also worked in animal medicine- I know vet care is not cheap, and you get what you pay for. But I thought I would make the trip from the beach to this practice and try them out. I was blown away by the cleanliness of this facility, the friendliness of the staff, the amazing attitude toward my pets. And about fell over when I got my bill. The prices they charge were BEYOND fair. I actually felt guilty I was paying such low prices. Lets just say after seeing the interest and kindness the staff not only gave me but my pets also-I will absolutely continue going there with all of my family pets. And with their prices I may be able to help out some strays in my area also by making sure they are spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Thanks Parkway-you have beyond earned my trust and my business-but I hope to return the favor by sending my friends and neighbors to your establishment also.
We called quite a few vets in the Panama City area (we live on the Fountain/Marianna line), we decided to trust Callaway Animal Hospital with Peanut Butter's care, and here's why: From the initial phone call, to the special arrangements for his entry into the Callaway Animal Hospital (in a large kennel) and to his two treatments (one the afternoon we brought him in and the other the next morning)--it was all "First Class." The place was immaculate, and EVERYONE there had a smile and knowledgeable and encouraging words. We had an unfortunate occurrence happen to our beloved Peanut Butter. To us, he is not a dog--but a member of our family. After trying to heal him at home for two weeks--Peanut Butter had a setback from playing and was in serious pain--which is what led us to our vet search. The Doctor: Doctor Korda systematically worked her way from his head to his tail and found the problem in less than five minutes. She confirmed her diagnosis with x-rays the next morning. It would be next to impossible to find a better vet anywhere.
I absolutely love this vet clinic, every member of this staff of completely passionate about what they do. Dr. Fav and Dr. Baker are awesome and I wouldn't trust my cats to anyone else. They go above and beyond, the only vet I trust and recommend.
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.