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The staff at Appalachian Animal Hospital are so caring, compassionate and very professional and knowledgeable!! They diagnosed the concern for our dog, treatment was given and everything was explained to us putting our minds at ease. Great Veterinary office and staff!!
Thank you for all you did for Isabelle. She is still groggy but so far so good. I will let you know later on this evening how San is doing. Once again thank you!
I really appreciate the ease of just showing up without an appointment. I was concerned about my cat, so i just zipped over to his office around 5:30 pm and he checked out my cat and recommended a couple of inexpensive remedies. It was a quick and inexpensive way to get some peace of mind without all the paperwork hassle of other clinics.
Dr. Allen is a jewel and I feel so blessed to have him as my animals veterinarian. I have spent years looking for a vet that would give me straight answers to my questions, was reasonably priced and was more concerned with the health and well being of my animals than trying to squeeze money out of their mom with unnecessary medications and procedures.If you call his office he answers the phone not a vet-tech or a front desk person - it's amazing! When I had my cat spayed Dr. Allen personally called to check on her in the days following her surgery and requested updates from me to make sure all was well. This is the way medicine should be - Doctors who are connected to and concerned for the well being of their patients. No appointment necessary - fabulous hours (including Saturdays!) and no long waits. I really can't say enough about how wonderful Dr. Allen is - go in for a visit - you, your pet and you wallet will be grateful that you did!
I took my redbone to him and he knew exactly what was wrong with her he is a awesome veterinarian.
I have had a streak of bad luck for years, but by some miraculous fate I found the best doctor for my pets. I do not say this lightly. I feel that Dr. Allen is the total package. He is compassionate, affordable, and an expert in his field. He manifests one of the most compassionate hearts toward pets and people that I have experienced in a long time. He wants what is best for your pet and covers the numerous bases to ensure your furry critter gets what is best for him/her and you understand how to make it happen. I compared prices before I took my kitties to him and I was suprised to find out that the best care (Allen's Animal Hospital) was half the price of the 3 other veterinarians that I called for estimates. If I had not found him, I would not have been able to afford care for my best friends. I came away feeling that I had taken my kitties to the best veterinarian around (and I have been to many). He knows his stuff! Holding a doctorate in pharmacy and a strong desire to educate myself on my kittie's condition, I thought I knew a great deal about my diabetic cat. But I came away with him teaching me more than one pearl of knowledge. I am so thankful for finding him.
Dr. Allen is very savvy and compassionate with my dogs. He doesn't recommend treatment that is unnecessary or possibly harmful. He tries the natural approach before using invasive and costly treatment. I respect his knowledge.
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.