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From Business: Mobile veterinary clinic providing physical examinations, in-house diagnostic testing, vaccination, dentistry, and surgical services
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Dr Hughes is great! Very knowledgeable and caring. Genuinely seem to care about my pets. Plus the prices are better than a lot of other hospitals.
Please don't take your sick animals here! I rescued a cat on Tuesday with an obvious infection, immune system compromised, this vet gave him his full round of shots and almost killed him. He spiked a 104 fever and he almost died! Really incompetent lady vet. Save your pet from suffering and go somewhere else. PLEASE DONT TAKE YOUR ANIMALS HERE
All About Animals is top notch when it comes to vet clinics. I got my puppy about 2 years ago, and have always taken him here. Dr. Hughes is the best, and she has put together a great team over there. Every time I bring Oscar in we are both always treated like family. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and Dr. Hughes always goes out of her way to explain any medication or procedures that Oscar needs. You know its good when my dog is actually EXCITED to go to All About Animals, instead of being stressed about going to the vet like some dogs are at other clinics. I highly recommend bringing your pets here. I will tell you there is no one else I would trust with Oscar. You should feel confident when bringing your pet to All About Animals because you can expect professionalism and service like no other.
Love this place! I have taken my Maggie here are couple of times now and found both Dr. Hughes and Dr. Gonzalez to be wonderful. Your pet will receive quality care here at affordable prices. They will not order a bunch of unnecessary tests and procedures unlike many other places do. I appreciate that and think it speaks volumes in and of itself. The staff is friendly, the facility is super clean and they have the most adorable Cockatoo in the waiting room that will entertain you while you wait.Try "All About Animals" if you are new to the area or looking for a new vet. I'm sure you will be pleased.
The vet was excellent, explained everything to me .
They treat you like family there instead of an employee. The manager is stern but loving. You feel a sense of comfort when you come into the building. Theres always room for advancement there.
Excellent vet care .
My cat was in very bad condition when we first brought her in. She had to stay overnight for over two weeks. When we got her back she was in great shape. All the staff were very helpful and kind. Thanks for all you do. I wouldn't change a thing.
It is fast pace, but a very friendly and open environment to work in. Seeing as it is a spay and neuter clinic they have many surgeries during the day.
Finally a veterinary service that is both pet and people friendly. My experiences at All About Animals have been outstanding. They are the nicest, friendliest people I have encountered in a long time. There is no question or problem they can't solve. They are always available to help your pet. The professional attitude is comforting. My two boxers are not afraid to go there. They are welcome with open arms. All the employees seem eager and anxious to help. Everyone goes out of their way to assist you.
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.