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So thankful for finding Dr. Hafeez. I took my little Luna in for a second opinion on some mammary tumors. Walked in terrified and uncertain, and walked out feeling taken care of by honest, caring, and experienced vet. I was discouraged by the previous vet visits, as I just moved here and haven't had any reccomendations on where to take my fur babies. I was worried I might have to take her back to my hometown vet!Our first visit, Dr. Hafeez was diligent in his examination and even discovered symptoms the other vets had not. He even took the time to call me personally to explain the results of each test, and offered a payment plan to ease the stress of the unfortunate unavoidable costs of veterinary care.In less than a week we have mostly figured out what is going on inside my sweet girl, and I am comforted by the knowledge and swift action when it came to figuring it all out. I have never felt so trusting of ANY kind of doctor.
We've been coming here for the past couple years for a LOT of different, random things -- booster shots, a broken toe, a bad gastrointestinal virus that required overnight hospitalization, etc. They have a number of vets who work here and we've probably met them all! But no matter who helps us, they are always kind, thorough, and take time with me and my dog. But our guy is Dr Hafeez. We all love him . He is amazing and very helpfulThe receptionists and other staff members are also very sweet and put us at ease whenever we come in. The facility is also very clean and nicely designed. It doesn't have that "hospital" vibe really at all. Getting an appointment is also quite easy and we are usually able to be seen same-day if we call in the morning. Great hospital with great doctors
Best hospital I ever went to,great service.staff is very friendly and accommodating. They took care of my shepherd so good, they are true animal lovers and care takers.God bless you
Great Service... We was looking for a vet in the area! Vet took time to explain everything to me! Very super friend and office was clean! He took time to explain the cost which was very reasonable for the service received.
I am so thankful I found Round Lake Animal Hospital. As a new pet owner over the last year, both Dr. Hafeez and the other doctor have become an invaluable resource for our family. I've seen both doctors -- both are patient and take the time to explain every step and procedure that comes with having a puppy. They always schedule our appointment within a day or two (or day-of if you're scared or have an emergency) and provide out-patient advice when possible in order to save you money. The staff are just as warm and sweet, offering plenty of pats, rubs and treats once your animal enters the office. The staff at the front desk is lovely and also a wealth of helpful advice over the phone and in the office! Perhaps the most telling sign: my dog Rosie loves visiting Dr. Hafeez. The minute we turn down the block, Rosie pulls me 400 yards to the office. Considering she has had surgery and all her shots here, I trust this is indicative of the level of care she receives from Dr. Hafeez and team. I've sung Round Lake Animal Hospital's praises to every dog owner I've met, including all of our neighbors in our building. This smart, hard-working, loving team will absolutely provide you with the highest-level of service, help and advice you and your animal need.
What a lovely place. I recently moved to the area and brought my 15-year old little cat here when she suddenly stopped eating. it turned out she was gravely ill and didn't have very long to live. It was a really sad experience to lose my dear cat, but the professional approach, genuine concern and "beyond the call of duty" helpfulness -from every single staff member I dealt with at Round Lake Animal Hospital- made the experience so much easier than it might have been in another circumstance. My cat died at home but Round Lake Animal Hospital facilitated the cremation for me. So grateful for their help and caring approach.Also the space itself is really clean and pristine. This looks like an old fashioned building but, clean and well maintained inside.Thanks to the doctor and the staff
This doctor is not knowledgeable. I question how he received his license to practice animal medicine. He recently treated my 6 yr. old cat by pumping her up with steroids and antibiotics. She had a cat cold and was vomiting from all the strong medication he gave her for chest congestion. She totally stopped eating and could have died. I gave her homeopathic medicine and lysine and she is now doing well. He may pretend to be caring, but he is in it for the money. I paid almost $400 for office visits and medication which were ineffective and harmful.
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.