Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
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20115 44th Ave WLynnwood, WA 98036
From Business: VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, located in Lynnwood and AAHA-accredited, offers 24-hour emergency and critical care with on-site veterinary specialist…
1105 Bellevue Way NEBellevue, WA 98004
I just moved here from Michigan in the spring and took my cat here as they are just around the corner and I needed upto date shots for the groomer. …
4208 Lind Ave SWRenton, WA 98057
1072 Cedar AveMarysville, WA 98270
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
2115 112th Ave NE Ste 100Bellevue, WA 98004
Mattis’ care has been exceptional. Dr. Sodhi and his staff have been available for questions and have dealt with my concerns as they have arisen. Th…
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Extremely knowledgeable doctors and staff, you can really tell they care for animals and their stressed out/grieving owners. Prices are.... Emergency prices, exam is comparable to any vet visit, diagnostics are a little more (they ARE open 24 hours!), and treatments are reasonable-expected. 100% will take my pets here in case of emergency, I only wish they did regular, day practice, stuff!
Thank you for taking such good care of my little Manx kitty, Frances. Getting an emergency call about your pet while on vacation is my worst nightmare, and I appreciate the good care as well as sensitivity to my financial constraints. She's back to her normal self - begging for treats and continuing her lifelong quest to kill the laser pointer red dot.
I'm so thankful for Emerald City Emergency Clinic and Dr Carrigan! I've been to Emerald City Emergency a few times with cat and dog. They have always been compassionate and thorough. The prices are actually very reasonable for emergency level of care. The last visit was with Dr. Cathy Carrigan. Both Dr Carrigan and the front office staff communicated consistently about next steps. I really appreciated that she took the time to explain & discuss options for treatment. They were also very patient with my furrbaby. They coordinated with my regular vet promptly and Dr. Carrigan helped me to make educated decisions about the treatments.
They are so great. Really empathetic and efficient. Very clean and professional. The unfortunate times I've had to bring my little ones here the vets and front desk staff are so kind and educated. Thank you guys!
I feel so lucky to have found the best Veterinary group in Seattle. The front desk staff is very helpful on the phone and easily gets us in that day if needed. Dr. Wiser is amazing, and so knowledgeable. She has treated our pup with the best care possible and we feel very lucky to have her. In our more urgent care needs we have also seen Dr. Phillips and Dr. Hornickel who have all been fantastic and the continuity of care amongst providers has been great. All of the veterinarians call and follow up regarding labs or to check in on our big guy and it really shows you how much they care. I have heard of some dogs running away when they know they are at the vet, but Tucker goes running towards the front door because he can’t wait for all the love and treats he gets from the staff. Thanks Northgate Veterinarian Associates for taking care of our pup.
They saved a very much loved pet chicken and were really good to her. I know a lot of people would think it insane to be so attached to what is considered a food or farm animal but everyone who knew her loved her.
What a great place for pets, we love it. We called them up when our 12 year old cat Charlotte was feeling sick. We were very nervous but felt at ease as soon as we entered and were greeted by the front desk. They knew we were stressed so we were seen fairly quickly.The doctor explained each diagnostic step in details. Charlotte is now on thyroid meds and doing much better. My husband has memory issues but the staff answered his questions over and over again with smiles. We can't thank them enough for taking care of our special needs and that too very professionally.
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.