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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.
Everyone there was great. My cat had a sudden allergic reaction to some fleas and after only 4 days he ended up in pretty bad shape. He was itching way too much and it got to the point that I was afraid to even comb him. So we took him to Banfield, but we were afraid because we don't have a lot of money, but since it was our first time they didn't charge us for the exam. The best part about going to Banfield is that before they do anything to your pet they give you all your options and all the various prices available. While they did make suggestions about which medication would work the fastest or do the most, they didn't pressure us into getting the more expensive meds and answered all of our questions very clearly. Not once did they act like they were in too much of a hurry to listen to us and even too the time to answer a few questions about other issues that had nothing to do with why we took our cat there in the first place. Another major plus was that even though our cat wasn't doing well they didn't judge us or act like we were bad people. They showed a lot of compassion and understood that our cat is very important to us and a member of our family. They were very gentle with our baby, trying as hard as they to not hurt him when they had to handle him, and they didn't mind at all that he was getting into everything in the room and kept jumping into the trash can, saying "that's what cats do". In the end, they were professional, knowledgeable, compassionate, and caring. By the time we got home we could see an improvement in our cat's condition and the next day was even better. In the end, I will be taking him there again for sure. I got a pretty good feeling from everyone there, and I'm very picky about who I trust with my kitty.
Dr. Scott saved my cats life on more than one occasion. from a horrible attack to tooth extraction. we've taken samantha (the cat) so many times, they know her meow over the phone. great prices, caring people. after all was said and done, we owed several thousand dollars. they always worked with us on payments. we're a one income family with a new baby and at times could only afford 25 bucks a month. and other times we couldn't afford any payments. as long as we stayed in touch, they never threatened collections. whatever experience the other poster had sounds like their own fault. saving a family pet should have no price, and expecting someone to continue to pay for an unforeseen illness is unreasonable, and unacceptable. bottom line, i just got a new kitten. he'll have his first check up as soon as i can schedule one.
I was looking online for a place to bring my dog when I go away for the weekend. I don't travel much, so she isn't used to going to boarding and she is also a somewhat anxious dog. Safe Journey appealed to me because of their crate-free set up. I contacted them on a Saturday and headed over with Lucy for a tour. I was able to tour the entire facility, but because there were other dogs, some rooms had closed doors so there wasn't a wild pack of dogs coming to greet Lucy and me. They explained that they prefer to meet drop-offs and pick-ups outside so the dogs don't get excited when people come and go. For the sake of their neighbors, I totally understand and appreciate their thoughtfulness. The facility was clean and Lucy loved it. I have used them 2 times now and plan to drop Lucy off again this weekend.
I have two small dogs that go here for daycare several times a week. They get so excited when they know they aren't going to be home bored when I'm at work. They especially love John and wag their tails when they see him, but also like the owner and the other guy who works there. I was surprised to see bad reviews because I've been going here for almost a year and my eight pound poodle that has anxiety issues seems to really like it, they have never come back with any scars and even let them wear their coats when it's cold and rainy. It's affordable, especially if you're doing two dogs and they've been boarded there and came home exhausted and content. Also, I had to be at work early one day and Craig the owner said he would be there at 6:30 when I had to drop them.
Our three small dogs had never been boarded or had visited daycare. We visited SafeJourney prior to leaving our dogs with Craig (owner) an John (business partner) at SafeJourney. We were exceptionally pleased with the care our dogs received and the communication we had while we were out of state for two weeks. When we returned, we found our dogs happy, had not lost weight and were content. This would not have been possible at a caged facility. John was especially helpful and kind in showing our youngest shy dog extra loving attention. These two are a great team. I will board again the SafeJourney without hesitation. The condition of the dogs heath and their behavior was proof positive " SafeJourney" provides top notch care.
If I could rate the staff at Broadway Vet Clinic with ten big gold stars, it still wouldn't be enough! I have been in contact with receptionists, technicians and doctors there regarding their exceptional care and compassion for a poor little abandoned cat whose future would have been very grim without them. I have been treated with genuine friendliness and professional attitudes from each individual with whom I spoke. In my own experience and opinion, these people truly care about their patients. Dr. Carroll had been my vet for many years and he has always shown great skill and compassion for his furry patients. Dixie could not have been in better hands...all of them. Thank you BVC!
The one thing I found weird at first was his policy to wait outside for them to let you in. This initially felt like something fishy was going on, but knowing my dog, at least, it makes total sense for them to try to mitigate the number of knocks on the door and strangers walking up unannounced. This would terrify my dog and I appreciate him taking all of the dogs' needs into consideration. The other thing to maybe note is that the guy seems more like a dog person than a people person. I personally have no problem with people having some social awkwardness about them, but I wonder if this played into any reviews.
The guys that run the place took time to get to know our dog and then introduced her slowly to all the other dogs there. The back yard was super clean and fresh water was everywhere. I feel completely comfortable leaving our dog in a place with round the clock care and supervision, no crates or cages, comfy couches to lounge on and lots of dogs to play with. The guys are loving and sweet to every dog and they have experience with training and correcting behavior. I more excited now for my trip this Christmas knowing my pup will be in good caring hands, she will probably even forget we have left!
I called here and he said he wanted to meet first to talk about our dog's needs, etc. I went thinking it'd be like 10-15 min, but ended up spending over an hour there, talking about our dog's special needs, doing a tour, meeting other dogs. He had actually wanted us to bring our dog so she could meet some of the other regulars. He stressed the importance of easing her in slowly and asked for us to bring her in for a day so she could know we'd come back when we actually left. He seemed very knowledgeable and his philosophies were right on, according to what I've read.
The best vet I have ever been to. Dr Dykehouse always explains the medical options available for my ageing cat. At 18 years old, my cat Dusty has been going to Dr Dykehouse for 14 years. First cat I ever had the likes going to the vet. The staff is friendly, professional and always takes time to answer my questions. Prices are reasonable, care is excellent and the staff is friendly and caring. I recommend this clinic to anyone that wants professional, kind and reasonably priced healthcare for their felines.
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.