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One of the vets did not diagnose my toy Chihuahua early when we brought her showing signs of neurological problems. Had to locate another vet to get her diagnosed properly by then it was to late and she suffered blindness and loss of her equilibrium due to the brain damaged suffered from this degenerative disease called NME. I took my animals to this practice when Dr. Casey owned it she was great and really cared for her patient's. Since it was purchased by the new owners it has gone "down hill" as far as I am concerned. Pet parents BEWARE when bringing your sick animal to this animal hospital! Even let the owner know how her doctor did not diagnosis my dog properly sent her the diagnosis from the neurologist she didn't even have the decency to contact me to offer an apology.
I never left a veterinary hospital furious before I went to Churchland. I took in a dog with diarrhea and a cat who needed a dental cleaning. I knew what services I wanted and was basically hoping that this would be a more affordable alternative to the great but cost prohibitive vet we'd been seeing. They were able to fit me in for a same day appointment, which I really appreciated. However, I felt like I was being interrogated by the technician when she was taking a patient history. It made me feel defensive. When she took my cat, it her carrier, to "the back" for a weight and temperature, she was gone way too long. Meanwhile, I heard people in the waiting room talking about what sounds like my cat. She returned with my cat in her arms and I realize that she had been carrying her around without my permission. Had she asked I would have said no. I pointed out to her that I have other cats at home and that I try very hard to keep pets as isolated as possible when at the vet so that they don't bring something home with them that makes the others sick. I was very upset about this, it's basic disease prevention protocol. I then had to ask her to go get my carrier. This could be a very long review and so I'm going to try to sum it up. The vet and the tech could not handle either of my animals without forceably restraining them, which of course makes them nervous and badly behaved. They tried to sell me products that I did not ask about, I was offered expensive solutions to problems with simpler answers and I was referred to in the third person as "mommy" and "we" throughout the visit. It was extremely off putting. Neither the vet nor the tech made any effort to gauge my knowledge level, which is well above that of your average pet owner, and in the end I said that it did not seem like they would be able to provide me with the service I came for. I spent $170 for 2 exams, a fecal, and something to help with my dog's diarrhea. The quote for the dental cleaning was a range that was more expensive than the first quote I had. I feel compelled to point out that this vet was one of three who examined my cat's mouth, including one later the same day. He was the only one that had a problem getting her to sit still and allow him to get a look. There may be vets at this practice who I would get along with just fine, but I will not return. I was looking for a practical clinic and not boutique medicine. I found one with the vet I saw later that same day.
I LOVE this place! It used to be Casey Animal Hospital and was OK, but the new owners bought the practice in 2011 and have really made it a great place to take your pets. Dr. Harrell is still there and she is nice and the new owner is also one of the vets. She rocks! Got on the floor to examine my dog and made us feel at ease. She explained his problem and gave us alot of options to treat him that didnt cost a fortune. I wish my human doctor gave me that much time and care.
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.