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From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
Dr. Mike Pfanders is the most professional vet in this city and surrounding area that I know of. His staff is so sweet and gentle with your pets. Dr. Mike as I like to call him took care of my toy poodle since she was six weeks old. Through her sixteen years of life, he had saved her life more than 3 times. Dr. Mike is a gentle man when he is with the animals he is treating and examining and even plays a bit with them too I've seen. As the years went on with my poodle she developed certain problems as any pet will do in it,s life. Snuggles, my dog had got an infection and would die without surgery, he said she needed stays and tests that would cost me money I did not ve.he told me that he knew what the problem was and would do the surgery and talk later about the bill later.because of her age he told me that she may not pull through but she would die without it. He did the surgery and she came thru with flying colors. Well the years went by and she was 16 now and slowing down and having problems. It got really bad Monday sept 17th and he was putting fluids in her to keep her hydrated. He sent her home with me and told me she could pass during the nite.she did have a bad nite so I had to take her in and had to make the decision to have to make her pain go away.we had to put her to sleep that morning. It was so painful for me but Dr. Mike was calm and very passionate when he put his hand on my arm and said, you are doing the rite thing. I was able to hold her while he administered the medicine that would put her out of her pain. She passed away in my arms and I cryied,he gave me time to grieve,and when it was over he told me that he would make the arrangements for her to be creamated. I just want to say that in the 16 years that I have known Dr.Mike Pfanders he is the best veterinarian that I know and was voted vet of the year again I believe 2 or three years.and I just want to say he and his staff Jean,miss Reba and spring, I hope I didn't forget anyone are the best! I would recommend him to any one and everyone i know and do not know. Dr. Mike you are the greatest man I know,thank you for caring for my dog all of those years.Thank you so much. David Owens
Not open about their polices. My last vet (Thrive in Austin, Tx) allowed me to not to a heartworm test for my dog since he was on heartworm prevention already and had a previous heartworm test. Therefore I declined the heartworm test when I went to Springfield Veterinary Center, explaining that my dog was already on heartworm prevention. I WAS NOT TOLD THAT DECLINING THE TEST MEANT THAT THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO PRESCRIBED ANY PREVENTION TO ME. They had time to mention this when I asked how to get medicine online for my dog and was told that the online seller just had to contact them. I understand that different vets have different policies but I would not have declined the test if I had known the result. When I found out that they did not allow the prescription from the online provider, I called to find out the issue and was told they did not have a heartworm test for my dog so would not provide it even when I pointed out my dog had a test from 2014 and be on prevention since. I'm still angry that I wasn't informed of this policy when I declined the test or when I talked about getting heartworm prevention. Will never go to them again, rather eat the cost of going to another vet to get the heartworm prevention. I increased the score due to being offered a free heartworm test after the Veternarian called me back, though I did not take him up on it.
recently my daughter, whom is attending college in Springfield, had to leave her cat with her Dad, by the time we got back to pick the cat up he was in bad shape, when she arrived back here I was not sure if the cat would survive. I called around to all animal vets. finally took the cat to this place, the staff was awesome, friendly, concerned, got us in immediately, kept the cat , called us regularly for update, and as of today her cat is doing GREAT. I would recommend this place to anyone,prices are reasonable,Vets and staff are very dedicated, I would like to thank all at the Sunshine Hospital for the good work they did, they made our Christmas and New Year complete. Never thought I would say this but to see her cat climbing the Christmas Tree has been an awarding experience. Would recommend this clinic to anyone. Becky Yocom
Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic is by far the BEST vet I have been to in Springfield MO. The place looks great and is always clean. The staff is very friendly and polite, happily greeting clients and their pets. Lauren is great at what she does and always returns phone calls when there is a concern. Dr. Ross is AMAZING with my two cats. She has been the most caring, understanding, and honest vet I have been to. She takes her time and truly wants what is best for my kitties. She has gone over and beyond to help my one special needs kitty and without her time, skills, and kindness – he would not be with me today. She truly wants to help the patients she sees. I have since moved from the Springfield area and have yet to find a Vet like her. I highly and truly recommend Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic.
I brought my 14 yr old golden lab into this clinic due to the fact that she had 2 HUGE spots under her neck that looked like golf balls, she underwent surgery bc Dr. Francka was really concerned about them, came out just fine from it, with her advise i had her staff submit the tumors for histology. when the test results came back as cancer of the lymph nodes, i lost it and Dr. Francka and her staff were really understanding about the whole ordeal and when i had to put her down, it was very calming. These people at this clinic are genuine people who truley care about their patients. I have had many pets and i think that both the dr.s treat their patients like they were their own. I would never go to another hospital again. for me its SUNSHINE ANIMAL HOSPITAL all the way.
What great place! I found an injured baby bird in my backyard and I had to go on a wild goose chase to find a place that would help it. Every other place absolutely refused to take in a wild bird and offered little help to my situation. Sunshine Animal Hospital was very helpful and friendly to me and really took care of the little bird I brought in! Its one of the only places anywhere near Springfield that will actually rehabilitate wild birds and release them when they are healthy! I have great respect for this place because they care for ALL animals, not just the domestic ones. If you are looking for a place that seriously cares about animals and is willing to help no matter what the situation, this is the place.
This vet cares more about your four legged family then she does her facility . It is clean that's all that is important to me . I don't need a classy facility to go to that I would spend more money and get poor care for my pugs . I've never met a vet who honestly cares so much for your animals. She has stayed overnight with my pugs to make they are getting the best care . This vet is awesome and she is always busy . Shame on the rating for how you think her facility looks . Take your pet somewhere else where you can set in a fancy waiting room and get more expensive care . I however will always bring my dogs to someone who really cares more for my extended four legged family
I feel so badly about this place - first let me say . . a great group of people there and wonderful doctors. But for some reason they are continually under construction and it makes the place look trashy. I was in there and some man was working in the reception area with a shop vac! and the poor little girl was trying to check people out and was tripping over the man, vac and extension cord! Also he was RUNNING it while clients and animals were there and that is just uncalled for! I really thinki they should fire whoever there construction people are and just get the work done. The care of my animals is wonderful; but the surroundings are miserable.
I have hampsters and when my daughter stepped on hers she was so broken up that we had to take her in immediatly, the staff got us in a room quickly and Dr. Francka and Dr. Mainka were so good that when they were done examining her hampster, and they told her that Bitsey was going t be all right, my daughter started crying. Bitsey lived for another year before passing away. She was 4 years old. the compassion that the dr.s and staff had shown to us will always be in my mind. We are planning on bringing her new puppy,(christmas present) in as soon as she un wraps her and we get an app. set up.
I had brought my animal in for some routine shots, and my dog is a pit bull. Sway was a little nervous but Dr. Francka and her staff treated her just like any other dog that would have come in to her clinic. She was very understanding of my concerns with Sway and was even awesome while examining her. She told me that everything looked good and just the respect she had shown her was beyond my belief. She and her staff are very loyal and Caring people. Even the receptionist asked how Sway did in the exam. I recommend this clinic to all my friends and others who ask.
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.