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Love love love Dr Weber and her staff. She won't gouge your pocket with unnecessary test and try to sell you things you do not need. Very refreshing…
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Pedro had his first sick vet appointment today. I was not happy with the way things went during our appointment. First of all his vet came in with a look of disgust when she looked at his ears. He is our family's first pet and we are still learning about him and about puppies in general. She also made a comment about his behavior and asked if I'd thought about training him (he is very hyperactive around new people and other pets). She also mentioned getting him neutered, and I know that could improve his behavior as well, but that is not why I came in today. All while she is asking me this, he attempted to interact with Dr.Hallman and she did not want to have any part of it and told him to stop. I don't know about other people, but if I take my puppy or anyone to the doctor, it is important to have a good connection and good relationship with the Dr you are trusting your pet with. It is unfortunate to say that I do not feel comfortable taking Pedro to Dr. Hallman, although her staff is amazing, at the end of the day she is his vet and we will be seeking a new Veterinarian for him. Not all pets are the same, mine just like a child is special in his own way, and Pedro is part of my family and he deserves the best.
OUR GREAT DANE IS THE SWEETEST DOG YOU WILL EVER MEET. OUR BABY BARKED AT THE VET WHEN HE WALKED IN. THE VET SAID HE 'BELIEVE US THAT HE WOULDN'T BITE AND WAS SO RUDE. HE THEN INFORMED US THAT IF WE BROUGHT HIM BACK HE MUST BE TRANQUILIZED IN THE PARKING LOT. ALL BECAUSE HE BARKED AT HIM? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THE WORST VET I HAVE EVER BEEN TO. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!
Dr. Harris and Staff are the BEST! Dr. Harris and staff stayed after hours to wait on me when my Chihuahua was mauled by a big dog. He tediously performed surgery for 2.5 hours and checked on my Roxy all during the night. He is a compassionate and wonder human being.
This animal clinic is wonderful!!! Greg Brown and all the doctors and the staff are very professional, friendly, and are simply good people. I just can't say enough good things about them. You feel like you have made great new friends after meeting them. You will not regret taking your pet there for all your veterinary needs.
A staff member loudly criticized us because our new puppy, who had never been to a vet, had snapped at her. I was shocked that these supposedly experienced vets have never dealt with a frightened puppy before. The small house environment (the building actually used to be a house) is nice, but I do not care for the blank, "spaced out" demeanor of the assistants. I feel like my dogs are numbers to them.
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.