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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.
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
Wow, I am surprised at some of these negative reviews! My family has been going to Dr. Dorsam at Flowertown for quite a number of years now and he is the only vet that 1) does payment plans, and 2) is genuinely interested in helping your pet without trying to break the bank. He also listens very well and will spend extra time with you if you have any questions. Dr. Dorsam loves your pet(s) as if it were his own.Please note that Flowertown is NOT an emergency vet! If you are having an emergency, you should go to an emergency vet! If you break your arm, you do not go to your family doctor -- you go straight to the emergency room where they have the proper equipment to X-ray the arm, do MRIs, CTs, or whatever else. Similarly, if your cat or dog is injured in a bad way, you should go straight to the emergency vet. That is not to say that Dr. Dorsam won't see you pet, but he may not have the equipment to actually do anything for you (I think they might be able to do X-rays, but that's about it).He is a fabulous vet who will do his best to help you. I have not experienced any rudeness from his staff, but if the staff is rude to you, DO NOT let it color your opinion of the vet! More importantly, tell him if you feel his staff was rude to you! He genuinely wants to know and he genuinely wants to help. After having to take my pet to the emergency vet and paymupwards of $2000, Dr. Dorsam gave me samples of some medicine to give my cat so that I would not have to go to the pharmacy and pay for it. They also allowed me to pay my bill at a later date since I was strapped for cash. VERY few vets will do that! If you are skeptical about Flowertown, just take your pet in for a routine check-up. You will not be disappointed with the level of service or care!
Just because you have a vet close by your residence; it's not always the best one to use. I did this for several years with several different pets. I found Dr. Gamble through a friend at work who raved about him. I went to the Oakbrook Vet Clinic for the first time last year and was truly impressed not only by Dr Gamble but everyone I came in contact with. They were compassionate, friendly and above all knowledgeable. The took care of my dog the way I take care of my dog (like family). The extra time spent explaining everything that was done and why was worth the extra time and miles to visit them. I highly recommend the Oakbrook Veterinary Clinic to anyone that truly cares for their pets and is not just going through the motions of getting their yearly "Stuff" done. Thanks Dr Gamble I appreciate the work done by you and your staff.
Dr Carter and Dr Pettay are awesome! Both docs have helped with the care of my two dogs: Rocky and Peyton as well as my three cats: Frisky, Ming Ming, and Mercutio. We unfortunately had the sad task of putting down our beloved Frisky after 15yrs of life. Dr Carter was there to help us through that difficult time an she walked us through the process with much compassion and professionalism. Dr Pettay and Dr Carter have also helped us on numerous occassion's when our dog,Rocky has issues with seasonal allergies. They know just what to do to get him back to his normal self and feeling better. If you are looking for great vets,this is the place to go. The only negative I have to say about this practice is they can be quite busy at times due to the location. Other than that they rock!
I have been going to Sangaree Animal Hospital for about 25 years, and I can't say enough about the doctors and staff. They are all very knowledgeable, compassionate, concerned, and friendly. They do not try to sell products or services that are not needed. I usually see Dr. McGinn, Dr. Graham, or Dr. Penrod at the North Main Street location, but I have also seen Dr. Ingle at the Cane Bay office, and they are all excellent doctors, and compassionate towards my pets and to me. The staff are also knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Some of the staff have been there for years, which I think says a lot about a business. I have also boarded my pets there, and they were always very well taken care of. The prices are reasonable, too. I love Sangaree Animal Hospital!!
Dr. Dorsam is the best veterinarian I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is well educated, polite and genuinely cares about your animal. He greets my dogs with big hugs and love and talks to my cats in the sweetest way. Anyone that has poorly reviewed him has done so because they did not like what he had to say OR were trying to go the office when they were closed: every business has business hours and that is what the After Hour vet in North Charleston is for. In addition, the staff is the sweetest bunch of gals you ever did meet. I would give Flowertown Animal Hospital infinity amount of stars, if possible. They have gone out of their way, time and again, for my animals and family
I was new to the area and was using one vet that took repeat visits to treat the same thing. I.didn't think they completely listened to me. I tried Oakbrook(a friends referral). Lucy got to see Dr Benton who ran a heartworm test that came back negative. He was concerned she had a heart problem so he referred me to a specialist who was ready to take her right away. They found her problem which wasn't good but at least I know what to expect. Just wonderfully caring people!!
I have used Oakbrook Veterinary Clinic for years. The staff has always been very friendly and helpful. Cassandra works really hard to make us feel welcome and to answer our questions. I have seen both Dr. Gamble and Dr. Benton. They have taken really good care of both of my pets( the routine check ups and the surgeries). I really like it that they spend time answering the questions that my kids may ask. A very friendly place!
We have been using Oakbrook Veterinary Clinic for several years since moving to the Summerville area and can't rave enough over the wonderful care and service we receive at each and every scheduled or emergency appointment.We currently have 5 cats and the care they receive by Dr. Gamble, Dr. Benton and their staff is top notch. I never feel rushed and they always make our pets feel important. I recommend them highly!
Just moved to SC and a neighbor recommended this vet. I found Dr Dorsam and all his staff to very friendly, down to earth and caring. The Dr took a good deal of time to throughly explain a plan to help my dog with the terrible anxiety he is having after 2 moves within a year. He was knowledgeable but also compassionate and I love those qualities in a vet.
The entire staff at Sangaree Animal Hospital at Cane Bay are awesome. Everyone is friendly, personable, and informative. Dr. Ingle is awesome. I can not say enough great things about her. She has been caring for my dogs for almost two years. She is informative and supportive to pet owners. Her love for animals geniunely shines through.
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.