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Absolutely Exceptional Veterinary Clinic!Love Creature Comforts Caring Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Meyerhoff!!!! So glad I found her handing out info and other stuff at the dog park! The Dr. is so educated, caring, and personable, and she always makes sure I know exactly what is going on with my pets. My dogs always used to be terrified of going to the Vet and would always bite(fear-biters). But now that we visit Dr. Meyerhoff, all of my dogs are happy as clams and healthy as horses! (And they've never tried to bite the Dr. once!!!) This Clinic is so calm and peaceful and I always know that my dogs are in good hands when they visit the Dr. I recommend visiting this clinic to everyone!!!
Greatest Veterinarian/Clinic by far!!!I cannot even believe how fantastic Creature Comforts is! I am so grateful I found Dr. Meyerhoff! She is always so caring, friendly, and compassionate toward my pets and myself, as well as toward the other clients/pets I see come in when I'm there. My friends, acquaintances, pets and I all adore her and her clinic. Everyone just seems so at ease(pets included) there! Its such an absolutely wonderful experience! All of my pets are always treated with the utmost care and attention; the doctor and her staff are always loving towards them, just like they were their own babies! Which I can really appreciate after visiting so many other vets who only cared about the money, not the pets. I am glad to say it is exactly the opposite at this clinic. Everything is always so affordable in comparison to other hospitals/clinics, and they go out of their way to provide the best care for every pet.The doctor's ability to diagnose my pets' was incredible, especially my cat's rare skin disease which had been previously misdiagnosed by other vets multiple times. She went through so many medical text books and consulted with so many specialists from all over the country! She put so much time and care into finding the proper diagnosis and treatment of my baby, it was AMAZING! He is doing so remarkably now, I can't even believe its the same cat! Dr. Meyerhoff is simply a miracle worker! I have no idea what I would do without Janet. Thanks to her all of my babies have found and maintained their health and well-being. I have brought, and will continue to bring, all my pets to her, and I highly recommend Creature Comforts to everyone.
I love Dr. Meyerhoff and Creature Comforts Caring Veterinary Clinic! The name really says it all!!! The doctor and her staff really care about all of my cats. They make sure all of my cats are HEALTHY, LOVED and HAPPY. Who else does that?Dr. Meyerhoff treats all of my pets with the GREATEST care and love. Her heart is ALWAYS in everything she does. 4 years back, my cat BW got very sick, and I had no idea why. He lost so much weight and stopped eating and started crying out. It all happened so fast. He went from my happy, healthy boy to this sad cat. I went to a vet, who I won't name here, who told me my cat was too sick and old. No other explanation. This other vet gave my precious BW only 6 weeks to live, at the most! I was absolutely heartbroken. How could that be it for my BW? "Only 6weeks, maybe less"? I cried for days.I went to Dr. Meyerhoff for a second opinion, thank God. She wouldn't settle for the idea that my cat had such a short time left. After a few tests,the doctor diagnosed him with Acute Renal Failure and a few other things that the other vet had COMPLETELY missed. She found out exactly what medicines would work. She even gave him special food and some herbal remedies.The change was just WOW!!! My BW was his old self again! He was happy and healthy and put all of his weight back on. He had a glow in his eyes again.Dr. Meyerhoff gave my BW THREE EXTRA YEARS of life, much more that the "Only 6weeks, maybe less" the other vet had given him, and I think those were the BEST years of his life.I really don't understand what the people who said bad things about the doctor are saying or thinking. It was NEVER, and NEVER is, about the money with Dr. Meyerhoff. She made everything VERY affordable and only did tests that were NEEDED. Those tests and the doctor's knowledge saved my BW's life. She ALWAYS only cared about my cat's health and happiness and safety. She did everything in her power and more to take care of my BW and other cats. I am EXTREMELY GRATEFUL to her.I really hope you go visit Dr. Meyerhoff at her clinic! You will only find LOVE and CARE for all of your pets, like countless others and myself have. You can DEFINITELY trust Dr. Meyerhoff and her staff with your pets' health and happiness.
Dr. Meyerhoff is the GREATEST. She is a very caring person and veterinarian. She truely loves her patients. She handles each one with gentleness , kindness and patients. Her staff is wonderful with the pets too. She treats birds, rabbits, lizards, monkeys, rats, turtles, and other types of animals besides cats and dogs. I have recommended many friends to her, and they all love her too. She has SAVED many of my animals that other veterinarians have misdiagmnosed. I have been using her for many years and will continuie to do so.
Deserves to have her license revoked! Meyerhoff comes up with all kinds of insane diagnoses so that she can charge for lots of unnecessary drugs, tests, and surgery! She does not care about the health &amp;amp;amp; welfare of your pet, she's only in it for the money. Do not trust your babies with her!
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.