5 Steps for Choosing Pet Health Insurance from Hollywood FL Areas Top Vet
1. Choose the right reimbursement type.
All pet insurance plans use either a percentage of invoice or a benefit schedule to calculate reimbursement. Avoid companies’ with percentage-based plans that limit your actual reimbursement by excluding common things like exam fees and instead look for one that has more extensive coverage.
2. Do Your Research.
When considering a plan be sure you understand what is covered, what isn’t and what the factors involved are that may cause your coverage to change. Some plans put complicated restrictions on coverage.
3. Less is not more
Less may be more when it comes to design but not when it comes to pet insurance. The least expensive plans usually cost less for a reason, they don’t offer as much and you pay more in the long run. Per-incident deductibles apply to every new claim you file before you’ll be covered. Annual deductibles need to be met just once each 12-month policy term for full coverage to kick in. Look for a plan that has have either an annual deductible or no deductible.
4. Choose a complete care plan or go à la carte.
Not every plan offers wellness coverage. Wellness plan may include flea and heartworm prevention as well as vaccinations. Some only offer wellness it if you buy an expensive medical plan first. Consider a plan that includes individual medical and wellness plans.
5. Go with a company you can trust.
There are a lot of pet insurance companies that are around until they’re not. Go with an established company you know has a good reputation and is recommended by someone that you trust.
Feel free to call DPC Vet at (954) 989-9879 today if you have any questions about pet insurance or to schedule an appointment.
Pot for Pets? (Sort of) Hollywood FL Top Veterinary Hospital Explains
Let’s get this out of the way; no we are not suggesting you get your pet stoned. That’s not a good idea for many, many reasons we hopefully don’t need to explain. But as you probably know by now Cannabis (CBD) has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. What you may not know is that it has become more and more prevalent as of late in the treatment of animals. It is important to differentiate THC from CBD. THC is the active ingredient in Marijuana. Hemp, which is what we are talking about here is not medicinal marijuana and is legal for pets without a prescription. It has low THC and high CBD. It is not addictive and doesn’t get your pet high. There are thousands of articles on the efficacy of cannabinoids’ in the treatment of animal, and the evidence is astounding. Read the published survey results collected by Colorado State University.
What ailments can CBD treat in pets?
CBD can be used to treat dogs, cats, horses and most other animals suffering from a number of issues. It acts an anti-inflammatory making it an option for pets with pan and inflammation. It’s also an anti-psychotic that can lower the symptoms of pets suffering from anxiety or aggression. It can aid in digestion and has been a life-changer for pets suffering from cancer or seizures.
Many veterinarians recommended CBD and it is covered by a number of major pet insurers. Of course your veterinarian will need to examine your pet and discuss with you if CBD is the best choice. If so it can be administered by both capsules and biscuits. There are several companies that offer CBD for pets but at DPC we offer Canna-Pet® nutritional CBD for pets. Developed in a collaboration of scientists, medical researchers, and veterinarians, Canna-Pet® is the first and only complete cannabinoid and terpene product designed specifically for cats and dogs.
Call (954) 989-9879 today to schedule an appointment and ask one of our vets if CBD is right for your pet.
What is an Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Cleaning? Hollywood FL Vet Explains
Does your dog or cat need a pet teeth cleaning. Your pet’s dental health is just as important to their overall health as good dental health is for humans and just like humans selecting a dentist, you want to ensure that the Hollywood, FL vet that performs the cleaning is trained and experienced in dental care.
Too often owners put off pet teeth cleaning because it is not an inexpensive procedure and traditionally requires anesthesia, an aspect of teeth cleaning that may put some pets at risk. However, there is an alternative approach to teeth cleaning called non-anesthetic teeth cleaning that some pets may be candidates for that requires no anesthetic and is significantly less expensive.
Don’t Neglect Your Pet’s Dental Health
If your pet’s teeth are brown or yellow they have a buildup of tartar and plaque, two substances that can contribute to serious gum disease. If gum disease is left untreated it can result in the loss of teeth, but just like humans, it can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and damage other organs in the body or even cause a complete shutdown of an organ.
If you opt for non-anesthetic teeth cleaning your pet will be evaluated for the risk of existing gum disease. If the risk is minimal your pet will become a candidate for the non-anesthetic technique.
What Does Non-Anesthetic Teeth Cleaning Involve?
Cleaning your cat or dog’s teeth using this technique requires a vet or technician that is specifically trained in the process. Because your pet is not being put under, it has to be carefully and gently restrained to allow the technician access to the back teeth. It’s much like you opening your mouth at the dentist but of course your pet doesn’t know what’s going on.
The pet dentist then uses a scaling device that resembles the same tool a dentist uses on a patient to scrape the tarter and plaque off each tooth down to the gum line. This results in white teeth and ending any bad doggie/cat breath that may have been caused by the buildup.
If you think your pet might be a candidate for non-anesthetic teeth cleaning then it’s important to know that we have a non-anesthetic dental day scheduled for April 29, 2016 where we are offering the service for $189.00. Call today for details and/or an appointment.
Here are a few FAQS we get from Ft. Lauderdale pet owners have about microchipping pets.
1. What are the chances of the pet actually being found and scanned?
At DPC Veterinary Hospital we use HomeAgain as our micro chipping partner and they have an extensive network of rescue shelters, veterinarians and volunteers that are immediately notified when a pet is reported missing. Once you report the pet missing, HomeAgain will send a flash message including date/time/location of when the pet went missing along with a description and even a photo to everyone in the network within a 25 mile radius of your home or known location when the pet disappeared.
2. Can microchips track a lost pet?
No. The chip has no internal power source or GPS function. The chip only contains a unique number identifying your pet. The chip is “read” by a low frequency scanner that all animal control facilities, rescue shelters and veterinarians have. Because there is no power source there is no battery to replace. Your pet’s chip is literally his or her ID for life.
3. Does embedding a chip require surgery?
No it doesn’t. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin between the pet’s shoulders using a syringe. There is no anesthesia required. The process is almost identical to administering vaccines and your pet will react the same way it does when getting shots.
4. Is micro chipping expensive?
NO. At DPC we microchip pets for $40.00 and that includes the first year’s registration on HomeAgain. From there it’s about $17.00 a year for the lost pet service.
Pembroke Pines Florida Pet Owner Opt for Microchipping
Unfortunately, only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats in shelters are ever returned to their rightful owner. A chip can help make sure your pet is properly identified and he or she finds their way back to you.
Pembroke Pines pet owners will want to consider microchipping their pets to provide indisputable proof the pet belongs (lives with) to them. If your pet gets loose or lost and winds up in a shelter anywhere in the country, having a microchip embedded greatly increases the chances of a reunification.
The microchip is a small device that is injected between the shoulders of your pet using a syringe very similar to those used for your pet’s shots. There is a unique number on the chip that can then be used to register the pet’s name, owner name, phone number and address. This chip can be read by a scanner and almost all shelters and veterinarians have scanners so the odds of your pet’s chip being read are strong.
The key to this system though is the pet owner. When the chip is inserted the identification number has to be registered with the manufacturer’s database. If the pet owner’s contact information (name, phone number, address) changes, those changes need to be reflected in the database registration. Many more pets are microchipped than are properly registered.
If you are interested in getting your pet microchipped, we offer the service 7-days a week at DPC Veterinary Hospital. Just give us a call or walk in.
Microchipping Davie Pets
By microchipping your pet, Davie pet owners can dramatically improve their chances of recovering their dog or cat if it wanders off or is stolen. The sad fact is that nationally over 8 million pets wind up in shelters and only 15% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reunited with their owners. Microchipping can increase the odds that your pet will find its way back to you.
You can think of pet microchips as small dog or cat tags. These tiny devices, which include a unique identification number, are inserted in your pet between the shoulders using a syringe similar to the type used when your pet gets inoculations. The chip’s number can be read by a scanner which all shelters and veterinarians have allowing them to check the manufacturer’s database and get the owner’s contact information.
Don’t Let Your Pet Slip Through the Microchip Crack
Microchipping sounds like an excellent means of identifying a pet that winds up in a shelter but there is unfortunately a chink in the armor and it involves the pet owner.
Having the chip injected into the pet takes less time than filling out the paperwork that goes with the process. That paperwork is exceptionally important and has to be maintained in order to make the information on the pet relevant.
As a fallback position, the chip identifies which veterinarian placed the chip. If a scanner can’t get an owners contact information they can contact the vet and ask for assistance.
If you would like to get a microchip for your dog or cat, give us a call at DPC Veterinary Hospital and set up an appointment. If your pet is already a patient at the clinic, you can just ask that the chip be inserted as part of your pet’s next scheduled inoculation visit. Read more:
Why DPC is a Favorite Veterinary Clinic Near Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale pet owners have a favorite Florida veterinary clinic and its name is DPC Veterinary Hospital located in nearby Davie. DPC has earned this reputation by providing professional, affordable veterinary health care to dogs and cats (and even rabbits) in the greater Fort Lauderdale area.
DPC is a full service veterinary hospital staffed with some of the finest doctors and technicians in the state and equipped with the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies. Our objective is to provide the pet population with the health care they require to live long, loving lives with their owners.
Our clinic and hospital are open seven days a week including most holidays, and has a fully stocked veterinary pharmacy.
A time and cost saver is our onsite veterinary laboratory. Our hospital does not have to rely on waiting for results from outsourced labs.
To address the cost of pet care, we have developed a number of discounted packages for puppies, kittens, adult dogs and cats and senior pets.
By making professional veterinary services more accessible and affordable, we feel confident that pet health services will reach more of the Fort Lauderdale pet population and you too will be calling DPC your favorite Florida veterinary clinic. Read More: