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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.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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.
We have an aging miniature Yorkshire Terrier who was suffering from a systemic infection and severe dehydration. After visiting TWO other vet clinics in the Westerville area, she was showing very little improvement, and we were quickly running out of patience and resources to afford required daily trips (with a frail animal in frigid temperatures) for office sessions for IV fluids, just to keep her alive. THEN, we found Dr. Nekic. He arrived at our home late in the day after we contacted him, and though it had obviously been a long day with many other appointments, he stayed with us for hours to stabilize our furbaby, and make her comfortable, all while educating us about her further needs to assure a full recovery. It was a pancreatic issue, and treatment included THE CORRECT combination of hydration, antibiotics and a careful probiotic treatment of her digestive system. I credit Dr. Nekic for saving our sweet little creature's life, and I can’t recommend his service enough. :-)
With a diagnosis of FIP there's not much that you really can do, but still yet, with extreme compassion and the willingness to try and work out any possible options with regards to how comfortable you are in making a decision one way or another. They, through soft voices, still offered us ways to try to prolong our Baby Jewel's life even if it meant only for a few more days. I believe they could see the confliction we had growing in us and gently offered the last choice anyone wants to hear when you take your loved one to the Vet. Since seeing her in agony was not how we would have wanted to let her go, much less at a mere 6mos old...through tears and true confusion, we laid our Baby Jewel to rest. The group of loving & caring proffessionals overseeing our kittens care definitely made us feel like that day was more than just an office visit. It was more than a business transaction. That day they made us feel that it was most certainly more about LIFE.
The staff at this Animal Hospital is friendly and caring. Dr. Anne is a true animal lover and has a compansionate heart. She is a caring vet and will work in helping you get the best care for your animals. She will tell you like it is. If there are options she lets you know. I have 2 dogs and I drive about 25 miles to this vet because they are truly a caring team of animal lovers. I have used this place not only for the yearly checkups but for ilness and emergencies. Everytime they have the same consistant care. Just compasion and heart warming care for my animals. They office is clean and professional but not unfriendly. They have it balanced just right. The only time I have ever waited past my appointment time is when they squeeze me in for an appointment during their regularly busy day. Thanks Dr, Anne and staff for taking good care of Daphney and Cruise!
We have been taking our beloved Golden Retriever Rex to Dogs Only for several years and hold Dr. Prescott and her staff in the highest regard. The care that the Dogs Only team provides is nothing short of superior and we value the personalized experience we receive each and every visit. From major surgery to routine physical exams, I am confident that our pooch receives the best care from the best people and for that we are truly grateful. While I can't attest to the experiences of others, I without hesitation recommend Dogs Only as they possess the right people, knowledge, and expertise to provide unsurpassed care.A special thank you to Dr. Prescott, Sarah, Lori-Ann, and Kathy for all your dedication in what you do. This passion and drive is why the Dogs Only team is the best.
I'm ashamed to say initially (about 15 years ago or so) I had some doubts about the Doc's and staff at Morse Rd. Veterninary clinic. In both cases, I later found they were 100% correct in their medical assessments of my animals and the best course for treatment. During this process I also learned Morse Rd. Veterinary Clinic Docs and staff are highly respected by their peers as well. From that point and throughout the close to 100+ visits since then, I've come to trust them implicitly and I'm truly grateful for the high level of care they provide all my animals (and me). Needless to say, I recommend Doctor Verhage, Dr. McClure and the rest of the staff with absolutely no reservations. There's no one I'd trust more!
We have had NOTHING but positive experiences with the veterinarians and all of the staff at North Kenny. We have been using them as our primary veterinarian in the Columbus area for the IGCA Italian Greyhound Rescue, Ohio chapter, for multiple years. They take excellent care of our foster dogs and many of our foster homes have become clients of them too because they are so awesome. I cannot say enough positive things about this vet clinic - they are simply amazing and TRULY and have the welfare of your pet as their priority.
I walked in with my kitten just for some vaccinations, since the breeder told me he needed them. I was a little hesitatnt of the area but i'm glad i walked in. There was no wait time and the staff was great. They took the time to answer all my questions and recommendations they explained thoroughly. They were not pushy on what they wanted to do and gave me many options to work with since I had a strict budget to adhere to. I'll be back in a few weeks for our next set of vaccinations, thank you Dr. Rose and staff :)
I had recently moved to the area and was looking for a vet close to the house since we also had just adopted a kitten. When I told the Dr. my boy's ears seemed extra dirty, they discovered he had an ear infection and would need them to be packed. My scared cat was being so obnoxious, but the Dr. and his assistant/vet tech were so calm and loving. The vet tech was so sweet to my boy even though he was acting out. I will continue to take my pets there since the staff genuinely cares about animals. Thank you!
I'd follow Dr. Cormany anywhere...she came highly recommended, and based on my own experience with kitty--who can get stressed, making her hard to handle--I agree! Everyone there is very friendly and warm. Dr. Cormany is extremely knowledgeable and I trust her advice. The only drawback for me is the drive to New Albany, but to visit a vet I trust, it's worth it. After a few bad experiences with other vets, I value quality care for my pets more than ever and I know they'll get that with Dr. Cormany.
Terrible mannerism: always has nasty attitude & never smiles or greet her patients. They do not care about us " dog owners" by they way they treat u by making u wait & changing hours during discount sign ups. I'd rather find a vet who cares about the "owner" too. I will not go back there after being locked outside waiting for 1 hour in the sun to find out the vet was taking only 1st 8 patients. Poor business ethics here.
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.