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Absolutely the most professional, loving and understanding Docs and staff that I have ever seen. My 13 year old Chocolate Lab has been slowly developing Laryngeal Paralysis over the last year or so - he had a horrible attack when we were 500 miles away from home - his airway was paralyzed, he could not breathe - had to find and get treatment from three different emergency vets to get him home - as with most vets, our normal vet does not perform the tests or the surgery to correct this problem so I was sent to Capital - we were immediately taken into a private consultation room and seen by the kindest, most concerned Vet Tech that I have ever met - both docs that were going to be performing the tests and surgery then came in to talk to me, took the time to show me a video of exactly what was happening, the procedure to fix it and stayed with me until they had answered every question that I could think of. I am in awe and have a hard time finding the words to describe this practice. All I can say is that Dusty is my child, for personal reasons more so than most - I have had some pretty good doctors personally but I feel like Dusty has received equal or better treatment than I have ever received from a human doctor. They, without a doubt know what they are doing and appear to be busy because of it but they still take the time to give pet owners peace of mind, I have been called every day personally by the Doctor himself. They do not cut corners, they have the nicest staff around the clock and even a special "after hours" number that they encourage you to call for updates. I even received a text message with pictures of Dusty during his recovery. I will pick my baby up today or tomorrow, he is 13 now but still has a few good years in him - I will never be able to thank Capital enough for saving my baby's life.
I moved to Tallahassee two years ago and was very concerned to find an excellent vet. Luckily for me and my three Great Danes, we found Oakwood Animal Hospital. Unfortunately, my first experience with them was an emergency visit as my Dane was very ill. Dr. Wanous not only saved my dog's life (now 10) but treated him (despite having never met us before) like he was family. I got personal phone calls checking in on Alexander and keeping track of him in his recovery. Since then, I have spent *a lot* of time at Oakwood for non-emergency stuff. They treat every one of my kids as their own. The staff actually kisses my Danes on the head as they walk in and I have seen them show that kind of love with every other client's dogs. What struck me one day when I was in the back with on of my dogs was that Dr. Wanous leaned down and kissed another client's dog on the head as it was brought to the back. The clients weren't around. It was not a 'performance'. Oakwood genuinely loves their clients, and that is something that is very hard to find anywhere. Finally, I am grateful to Oakwood because Great Danes are a very complicated breed. The vets at Oakwood are VERY smart, but not arrogant. And the mistakes I have had happen or seen at other facilities because of arrogance never happened at Oakwood. If they don't know something, they find out. They research and learn. They are always up for new challenges and always rise to the occasion. I would recommend Oakwood with highest regard and without reservation.
★★★★★ in the last weekMy best friend ever, DAISY LEE, was in terrible condition from numerous tumor like growths one of them dragging the ground from her belly. Another Tallahassee Veterinarian nearly killed her in a failed attempt to perform corrective surgery. After 10 days of intensive recovery and I was seriously considering having to Euthanize her as the tumor was about to rupture. She was miserable, looked bad and was about to give up on life. Dr. Eric Randell took an unsolicited interest in her tragic situation and offered their assistance. I reluctantly agreed to attempt the surgery again instead of putting my baby to sleep.HOORAH! Dr. Wallace operated for over 2 hours, removing all of Daisy Lee's growths and then sewed her up like a giant beanbag. She survived the operation and has now gotten her stitches out and is working hard everyday to grow new beautiful shiny fur. In the meantime her youth has returned. She is happy, energetic and silly. It is so nice to have my dog back. They quite literally saved her life. It is a new Spring for her after a dark, cold, terrible Winter.We want to think the entire staff and Dr. Wallace, O'reilly, and especially Eric for the love, compassion and professionalism that they displayed. They are wonderful in every possible way.
Several months ago my husband and I found a little mother dog and her two puppies that had been abandoned out in the country. They were hiding in a culvert and were scared of humans. We were finally able to catch them and get them in to Northampton to get them checked out. They needed cleaning up and shots and spaying and neutering and heart worm treatment for the mom. The doctors and staff took excellent care of them and checked on them after surgery and answered our questions and concerns like they were their own pets. Recently we had to go out of town and boarded them at Northampton for the first time. They came home healthy and happy, and we feel confident leaving them there if we need to board them again. All in all, the doctors and staff are fantastic, and I would highly recommend Northampton Animal Clinic if you are looking for excellent pet care.
I was devastated when I found out my German Shorthaired Pointer tore her CCL in her knee. She is show champion and has huge potential in the field. She is also a beloved pet and an important part of our family. Dr. Drygas examined her and took the time to explain the 3 types of procedures that could be done to restore my girl's knee and mobility. I consulted with two other orthopedic surgeons, one in AL and one in GA. Both surgeons highly recommended Dr. Drygas to do the surgery. The care, courtesy and compassion this veterinarian team has shown to me and my dog is what I would consider above and beyond. From the pre-op visits to the post-op care, calls and follow-up, the care and concern could not be more appreciated. Thank you Dr. Drygas and staff of Capital Veterinary Specialist.
I've been a customer since about 1997. I have seen several Drs come and go through the years as they gained experience and moved on due to events in their lives. Throughout the years I have remained a loyal customer because of the "family" feel I continue to receive from the Drs and staff. I have had six different "kids" (aka pets) that I've taken there throughout the years. Through it all, they have continued to provide me with a caring service. Price wise, they're less than most around town but yet still maintain a high level of care. Very pleased with them and continue to be a loyal client.
I wanted to say thank you to Dr. Reynolds and the staff at Northampton Animal Clinic for the advice about putting down our beloved pig Piagee. Dr. Reynolds went out of his way to provide the information we needed in a kind and humane way - as free advice I might add. And offered his services if we needed it at a very reasonable rate. His gesture was out of concern as a caregiver of animals, and with concern for our wellbeing as well through this difficult time.
Dr. Wallace, Dr. Eric and Dr. Remington took excellent care of my little diabetic schnauzer Teppe for years. They did everything to make her comfortable all those years. She loved Dr. Eric and was always happy to see him. Everyone was so compassionate when it came to say goodbye to my little girl. The staff at Northampton are the kindest, professional and caring that I've ever dealt with. Thank you all for taking care of my little girl for so many years
Northampton has been my dogs doctors for years. Dr. Eric Randall and Dr. Kitty Remington took care of my sweet diabetic schnauzer Teppe over the years. Dr. Wallace Randall gave her two and half more years after she had mast cell cancer surgery. The doctors, techs and staff are the best. I recommend Northampton to anyone that want excellent care for their pets.
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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.