Veterinary Health Care Costs
At Barfield Animal Hospital, we strive to provide our clients with high-quality veterinary medicine with superior service. To provide this, continuing education, staff training, equipment and equipment maintenance is necessary. The cost of our services is based on our high standard of care. It tends to be an assumption of the general public that when your pet is placed under anesthesia, an IV catheter is placed, he is being monitored with appropriate equipment and trained staff, and the pain is being addressed, etc. This is our standard of care as well. Unfortunately, to make services more affordable, some may try to cut corners. This is great for your pocketbook if nothing should go wrong. But when something does go wrong, it can be life-threatening. For this reason, it is important to ask your veterinarian about their standard of care for preoperative, operative and postoperative care. The following is a picture tour of our surgical procedures
Animal chiropractic is the understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and neurology. A joint that is moving properly is a healthy joint. This joint, by motioning correctly, is providing nutrition to the cells that protect the integrity of that joint, reducing pain through neurologic pathways, increasing blood supply to the joint and the surrounding tissues and providing receptor input to the central nervous system. When the joint is not moving, or motioning properly, these mechanisms are adversely affected. An ''adjustment' is a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust, (in other words, a fast, gentle push) in the correct location and direction for a hypomobile joint. This adjustment will break up adhesions in that joint and will activate neurologic receptors (Golgi tendon organs) to relax the surrounding muscles, allowing the joint to properly move and activate additional neurologic pathways into the central nervous system. This therapy can be used as alternative or adjunctive treatment to a variety of problems, including lameness, postoperative physical therapy, athletic performance and some neurologic disorders. When locating a doctor (chiropractor or veterinarian) for animal chiropractic therapy, be sure to inquire where they were trained, whether or not the program is accredited or certified (and if so, by whom), how many hours of training did it entail, and did they successfully complete the program.