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1861 SW Gatlin BlvdPort Saint Lucie, FL 34953
From Business: Animal Health Center is dedicated to compassionate, progressive animal care. We provide exceptional customer service through prompt, courteous communication with …
2662 SW Port St Lucie BlvdPort Saint Lucie, FL 34953
From Business: Dr. Leonard Fox saw the need for an animal hospital in the area, so he decided to open this hospital. Our clinic features all local employees and we work with org…
1795 10th AveVero Beach, FL 32960
Wow! After going through 2 vets within a few months, we found Dr. Herman & OMG our prayers have been answered! Finally, an amazing vet & staff that'…
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My wife and I can't begin to express our thanks and gratefulness for the wonderful care our two boys received. We had to be out of town for 17 days, and we're unable to bring our Bentley and Binx with us. We did not have the heart to simply have them caged for that long. Our boys were treated like family, and we're able to socialize with other dogs and enjoy just being dogs in a family setting. Colleen kept us up-to-date on how they were doing with pictures and videos. If your dogs are a part of your family, and you need to travel, my wife and I recommend them without reservation. We will absolutely trust them with our precious guys. By the way, our dogs loved their stay.
We were in Florida house hunting and we had our puppy Molly with us.We needed someone to take care of her because we were running everyday.We called Colleen and she was very happy to care of Molly.This was the first time we have left her with anyone and we were nervous.They treated her great she hasn’t been around other dogs before.They slowly had her interact with other dogs ang sent pictures and videos everyday and she was playing with dogs and having fun. I highly recommend them they are great.When I go back to Florida I will definitely take her back there.They are great.Rick,Mary. West Virginia
They saved our dogs life after a misdiagnosis from Kindness animal hospital. He needed surgery and a hospital stay. All of the vets called us during their shift to update us. They stayed true to the estimate I was given, even though it ended up costing more than they estimated. EVERY single staff member we dealt with was professional and friendly. We have changed to them as our permanent vet. They are wonderful!!! Thank you for saving our furbaby:)
If we had not gotten a second opinion, our puppy would have died. We had established with Kindness a few weeks before. They misdiagnosed him as having a parasite when he had an obstruction and needed surgery. We told them initially that he had eaten a toy, but thy were reluctant to do an initial xray and then said that the xray was clear. Our dog was shaking all night in pain and their only response was that he must have a fever and to keep giving him the antibiotics they prescribed. The staff was difficult to deal with. They were annoyed with our questions and concerns. The doctor wouldnt speak to us over the phone about our concerns. We only dealt with rude and unprofessional front desk staff. This was a really awful way to find out we needed a new vet. If zero stars were an option, this would be my choice.
We have been extremely pleased and satisfied with leaving our 3 dogs and 3 cats at the north Port Animal Hospital boarding facilities! Bonnie and Hannah are so loving and kind to all of our menagerie that our dogs actually are excited when they get there. It seems more like a fun doggie day care for them! It is so reassuring to have the confidence to leave our precious dogs in such loving and capable hands as we feel with Bonnie and Hannah. Thank you so much!
My babies are small dogs and had a horrible experience with the technician. They wouldn't listen to my concerns and treated me like it was my fault.
Mannie and Colleen are the best. They provide our 2 corgiswith a cage free home environment second to none. Even though we have a back up plan if needed they're always ourfirst choice. Our dogs rush to their door when we drop them off.That tells us everything we need to know.
They rock! Caring ,Experienced , great customer service, Dr Michael is awesome!p
We are the next door neighbors of Waggy Resort and we see exactly how the dogs are treated so well as if they are their own pets. Their children enjoy the dogs and love them as well. Manny and Colleen are amazing. By the way we fell in love with all the dogs also. Frank & Carol LoGrasso
Our dog had a blast at waggy resort! They updated me the whole stay and he had plenty of time interacting with the other dogs as well as 4 mile walks in the morning!
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.