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Brook Farm Veterinary Center realizes that, at times, quality medicine can be costly, especially when it comes to surgeries. With this said, we have kept our clients in mind as we continue to one of the only veterinary hospitals in the area to provide low-cost spays and neuters through not one, but two organizations: Friends of Animals (based out of Connecticut) and Animal Welfare League (located in White Plains, NY). Both of these organizations have been kind enough to provide low-cost certificates to the general public and cover the majority of expenses for this type of surgery.
By donating to one of these organizations, they, in return, send you a certificate for the spaying or neutering of your feline or canine companion. The price of a certificate ranges from about $50-$80 depending on the sex, type of animal and weight, and is paid directly to the organization of your choice. It usually takes about two weeks for the certificate to be delivered to you via the U.S. Postal Service.
Included with the certificate is the spay or neuter (the surgery itself), anesthesia, hospitalization, treatments, and a dedicated technician’s time for your pet’s procedure. With the exception of male cats, all animals must spend the night for monitoring and morning medication. What the certificate does not cover, as it is provided by a non-for-profit with limited funding, includes an in-hospital exam, pre-anesthetic blood work (both required to ensure that your pet is fit for surgery), any medication and an Elizabethan collar. The certificate does not cover vaccinations or “extras,” such a a microchip or dental work. Without the said “extras,” the average cost after the donation for the certificate is about $80-$120.
At another practice and without the Friends of Animals or Animal Welfare League certificate, this procedure could cost between $400 and $500. By making this donation and purchasing the certificate, you are not only keeping tabs on your pocketbook, but also protecting your pets against any unwanted or unwarented issues that arise from not spaying or neutering. Finally, you are donating to a less fortunate animal’s future by purchasing the certificate.
Pre-anesthetic / In-hospital Doctor Exam — Whenever anesthesia is needed, special considerations are taken to help ensure the safety of your pet. Your veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet to make sure she’s healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Depending on your pet’s age and general physical condition, your veterinarian may also run blood, urine, electrocardiograph, and x-ray tests to check for any dangerous heart, kidney, or other conditions. Though there is some risk associated with any medical procedure, modern anesthesia is usually safe, even for older pets.
Anesthesia Monitoring — During anesthesia, the monitoring and recording of your pet’s vital signs (such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration, as well as other important factors) is important. This helps ensure the safety of your pet while undergoing anesthesia.
Scaling & Polishing — Veterinarians are advised to use similar instruments as human dentists to remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth. To smooth out any scratches in the tooth enamel, polishing with a special paste is also recommended.
Products for your Pet’s Oral Care
Products such as Dental Kongs, Greenies, Prescription Diet t/d, rope chew toys and Gumabones (available through your local pet store). We have seen damaged teeth in dogs chewing on bones, sticks and rocks. Some dogs experience intestinal problems after chewing on pig’s ears, hooves or rawhide chews.
Prescription Diet® t/d® is formulated with the following benefits:
Both Dr. Kanouse and Dr. Mihok practice acupuncture. Accupunture is used to prevent and diagnose many types of diseases, provide pain control and encourage the body to heal itself. Fine needles are inserted into specific points of the body that are connected with the nervous system to trigger a desired physiological response. Acupuncture is used for major conditions such as musculoskeletal problems, degenerative diseases, asthma, kidney failure, or depressed immune system function. It can also be used in substitute of various anti-inflammatory drugs which have major side effects.
Many drugs used in veterinary medicine, as well as in human medicine, come with minor or major side effects. Chinese herbs are used for a variety of medical problems and diseases such as behavioural disorders (fear, anxiety, depression and anger). It is a combination of many herbs combined specifically with your pet in mind on an individual basis and illness specifics. Herbs work by targeting the individual patent’s condition while nurturing, soothing and balancing the diseased organs, allowing them to heal itself. Western herbs, such as Echinacea, Astragalus, Milk Thistle, etc., are also used by Dr. Kanouse and Dr. Mihok with this same goal in mind. Willow, for example, can be used which is closely related to the early stages of Aspirin. Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum) is an herb with great anti- inflammatory properties, though may delay healing, for inflamaton plays a huge rule in it.
A raw diet is often also closely related. Many believe that diet can be the cause of many allergies, illnesses, infection, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, and cancer. Many foods sold in grocery stores have fillers like grain and starchy contents. A dog or cat in the wild would not get as much of this and therefore leading to many more problems unlike those of an undomesticated animal. A Raw diet is usually consisted of muscle and organ meat, raw meaty bones, whole eggs, non-starchy vegetables, berries (etc). Monitor closely even the advertised “healthier” brands. Be sure to look at the main ingredients of what you feed your pet.
Brook Farm is pleased to bring another aspect of medicine to our clients. We want to make sure that the best method for treating our furred friends is discussed and that they are getting the best care they deserve. It is very important to discuss options with the veterinarian and be sure to go over every concern you have.
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