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550 W Nine Mile RdPensacola, FL 32534
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. My dog was being treated by another vet for 4 weeks. She administered drugs for what she called a herniated…
901 Jordan Blass DrMelbourne, FL 32940
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…
3205 Gulf Breeze PkwyGulf Breeze, FL 32563
Absolutely love this office! We take 2 dogs and a cat for vet meds & ck ups as well as boarding. Awesome staff & we especially like Dr. Rowe. Never …
18 Racetrack Rd NEFort Walton Beach, FL 32547
From Business: Northside Veterinary Clinic is a full-service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. …
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We have been using Dr Perrett and his staff for several years to take care of our fur babies.Could not ask for better service or more professional environment. They take very good care to make sure they do the right thing.
my dog really loves the new pool they installed, I never knew she liked to swim and play in the water like that!
My family has been taking our pets to Dr. Steadman for close to 20 years now. He is an awesome vet and his staff is great!
i called the office manager on 10/04/2016/ i had asked her if she would like to help out the kids in the public schools and before i could even explain any further she immediately said "no thanks idiot i'm not interested"..... i would not recommend her for anything. she is EVIL and not respectable.
Brought in my poor puppy who's stitches had split in an area of about an inch. They refused to see or help my puppy. Thanks for nothing, folks.
Dr. Stine and the staff did xrays on my dog and found her severe back problems. She is now on pain medication only when she needs it, and acts like a puppy again. I'm so pleased at the kindness and caring of the doctor and staff.
I have only good things to say about this business. The Doctors are intelligent and the staff love their patients. What else can I say?
I brought in a cat that wasn't wanted anymore. The staff was kind and compassionate as well as very proffessional, in getting the needs of the cat met, quickly. I am also very appreciative that they do NOT charge, heavy fees like all the others I have been to. I did NOT have to turn down any service they recommended. Thank you Pensacola Vetinary Hospital!
We brought our boy to this clinic as they were first come first served and we couldn't get into our other vet until much later in the day. Mistake. Doc diagnosed after an exam that he was stopped up and needed an enema. He performed the procedure and then after several hours we came back and took him home. He got progressively worse over the next day and then Friday night we felt we needed to take him to the emergency vet. He was there for a day and a half and then we went there and had to put him down. We felt that if was properly diagnosed from Westside he may have had a chance.......We are still in mourning and we will never visit this vet again......
Never again will I use this clinic. I have been in the hospital and my puppy got sick. I asked my roommates to take it to the vet. These people refused to see my puppy because my roommates didn't have my debit card to pay with. Now my puppy has died. This place cares more about the money than the actual fur baby you bring to them.
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.