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501 Laurel StSan Carlos, CA 94070
I have taken my cats to several vets in the bay area and Camille has been by far the best. I was fostering a cat who contracted FIP and had a lot o…
5815 Mission RdSunol, CA 94586
From Business: Happiness Country Kennels is a Family Owned, Full-service Boarding Kennel for Dogs and Cats in a Scenic Country Location Readily Accessible Between Pleasanton and…
233 N Amphlett BlvdSan Mateo, CA 94401
Our puppy was really sick so I took him in. We had a horrible experience with our vet, so it was really nice to be dealing with helpful, caring and …
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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What a fun pet boutique. They have lots of fun items for dogs and cats. Food, treats, outfits, you name it!!
After the news about an employee giving your address and time you will be away to her friend to rob your house, I want to share incident that happened to my wife with this petsmart. My wife brought our dog for grooming and left her Versace Sunglasses on the counter. After 20 SECONDS, she came back and the glasses were gone. No other customer was there so when she asked the employee, she replied there wasnt any glasses there and there are a lot of people goes in and out of the store. REALLY??? It was early morning incident, right just when they opened.
Dont take your pet to peninsula animal dermatology., in my case it was my cat.from the start I paid 200 before I had even seen the dr. We waited with an appointment approx. 35min. in the very small&warm waiting room? We now finally enter the exam room, my kitty was being an exceptionally good boy as I held him on the exam table the veterinarian was unpersonable as far as just grazing my kittys fur&skin . I turned to get a photo out of my purse, and the dr. shouted at me to keep a hold on to my boy? she then told me what I already knew he had flea allergies. the time in exam room was maybe 15min? or less..I was dissappointed with the whole experience but it was closing time and I couldnt express my unsatisfied dis.The receptionist was the only one left there as I was presented with a 650.00 bill to go home with their flea meds?this wasnt part of the initial 200 they got me for coming in the door... I agreed to the antibiotics and flea meds for just him not his sibleys couldnt afford it? to get home and find out the antibiotics which cost at least 150.00 were expired. the total that day was 548.70 !!!! My cat and I were upset with the outcome and the fact was we were taken complete advantage of and I would be very uncomfortable to ever leave my love bug in the hands of???Ellen? that dr. was all but Hands on!! The office was closed & was to remain closed for holidays I finally got ahold of them and they said to me, oh' thats ok he can take the expired ones they are still good???? I wasnt going for that so 4days later I recieved his antibiotics in mail. I was willing to spend my whole savings account just to help my kitty and his miserable flea allergies.I defleaed the house my other kitty's and even the yard outside.The Penninsula Animal Dermatology did nothing to help him only wanted to sell 600 worth of flea spray? I know firsthand that this business is ran by cold incompassionate& greedy people.
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.