Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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I rate this business based on the so called owner/manager "KIM". As I don't know her last name but if you have spoken to her, she is the only Kim there. I would rate the staff "5 stars" that are out conducting business at the mobile sites. I had a bad phone encounter with "Kim" today (6/28/2018) for something she completely forgot to do 2 weeks ago (send my pet's medicine). As humans, we all make mistakes as I told her 2 weeks ago when she explained that she totally missed sending my pet's medicine out. I was totally understanding of that but she again stated I would receive my pet's medicine in a couple days. Well today has been 2 weeks and when I call the office to speak with a manager, this rude, obnoxious, cantankerous, unprofessional person answers name "Kim". I kindly ask " May I speak with someone in management?" She replies 'How can I help you?" I again, ask to speak with management and she yells " I am the manager". I proceeded to ask well may I speak to the owner? Kim yells again, "I am the owner! "All I could say was "Wow". I told Kim, I still have not received my pet's medicine so she says well it should arrive tomorrow or Saturday! That's what she has been saying for the longest but I still have not received it. I don't think I will be using her services ever again because I definitely don't need to be dealing with a small business owner that is TOALLY disrespectful, belligerent and has no professional skills AT ALL! I am totally ashamed for those hard working individuals that represent her brand because if they knew how their CEO acted towards me today, I'm sure they would have felt the way I did. As the consumer, Kim should realize that she can't "bite the hand that feeds her". I have an enormous amount of friends that use her services but after today, I have requested that they reconsider using Kim's service. I RATE KIM A -5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love this vet. She is amazing my 120lb alaskin malamute is a little hard to deal with some times but he loves the whole staff. They even called the next morning when we had to go to the emergency vet one night to check on us and our furry little one.
Kind,compassionate, accommodating and informative staff. Very pleased and happy to have discovered this clinic!
CAUTION DO NOT USE THIS VET IF YOU LOVE YOUR PET! this so called vet killed my 2 year old Doberman and then laughed when confronted by the grieving family he must be stopped. www.thepetitionsite.com/758/132/047/shut-down-the-vet-that-butchered.
OMG!!! So disgustingly dirty! If they can't even clean you know it's certainly NOT sterile. Place is full of their own animals like birds and fish whose cages/tanks they don't clean! Gave them the benefit of the doubt that it was just the lobby, but got back into a room that was dirty too! Left without even seeing the dr!
Doctor Lisa and staff are very kind and pleasant,. I believe they have quality care as well, but,...what I don't like is how the business is run. I would be the only patient there and would still be waiting 20 minutes to be seen while they're chit-chatting in the back non work related,...this happened all 4 visits so far. The other thing is an assistant would come in with an invoice loaded with suggested procedures, now I'm all for taking care of your pet and I understand this is a business, but I just felt like they put this above the care of my pet because I explained I was out of work and they were willing to let my dog go ill before working with me.
DO NOT USE THIS VET if you love your pets. This vet completely misdiagnosed my cat with an intestinal obstruction when his xrays clearly show kidney stones. Thank goodness I took my cat to another vet where I got a correct diagnosis. I made a complaint and asked for a refund since I had to go elsewhere for a correct diagnosis and the only response I got was "sorry". I can understand if it was a complicated case, but the xrays are clear. This facility is completely unprofessional and unqualified. Do not chance it, take your pet to a knowledgeable vet!
Dr. Larkin saved my dogs life. I can't believe anyone would ever give Dr. Larkin a bad review. I had never been there before and honestly googled the closest place to my house that was open the earliest to take my dog that had been coughing and then quit eating. Dr. Larkin took them time to tell me how he operates, giving people many different options and giving the owner a chance to start with minimal procedures needed and then add as needed. AKA, not rip you off but give your animal what they need.My dog ended up having congestive heart failure and living at the vets for 10 nights. The staff and Dr Larkin were so good to us. We could visit whenever we liked and could always call for updates, which is good for a controlling mother like me.I truly believe that if my dog had been anywhere else he would not be with me today. His condition worsened before it got better and while most vets would've thrown in the towel, Dr. Larkin tried one more treatment. He said it could take a few days for the medicine to kick in and when I had almost given up he told me to hang in there. He was right. The next day my dog finally started showing improvement. I finally got to bring him home under very restricted care. Dr. Larkin gave me his cell phone to call if anything were to happen. I ended up having to call him Sunday because my dog was experiencing side affects from some of the meds and Dr. Larkin met me up at the vet on Sunday to make sure everything was ok.This man cares so much for every animal he comes into touch with. You can tell just by walking in the office. There are birds, fish, turtles. The first day I was there the waiting room was filled with rescue animals there for surgery or shots. The waiting room wall is covered with Thank yous and plaques from people who's animals he's saved and rescue groups he helps.Anyone who would ever have anything bad to say, in my opinion, misses the true picture in animal care. If you want a perfectly pristine waiting room and exam rooms, go somewhere where you pay 50% for half of the care. Dr. Larkin and his staff give care that is priceless in my opinion. For me, they saved my dog who had a very small chance of living. Now he is laying next to me sleeping soundly after exerting his energy trying to break into the cat food. I am so thankful.
I took my dogie Bella there for the first time 2 weeks ago, at first i was a little hesitant because i had not heard too much about them and there where only 4 review on Google, 2 bad and 2 good. Because i could no longer afford Banfield pet hospital, i took her there for her yearly shots, heart worm test and prevention pills, as well as a sedative for a 6 hour airplane ride. I gotta say the service was amazing, they were very kind to us and i got everything i needed, a doctors exam, blood test, sedatives and also a 6 month heartworm prevention pack for 131.00. Other vet i tried wanted close to 300.00, which as a full time student i could not afford. I highly recommend them to all my friends and wish you best of luck with your baby pets :O)
I am a breeder and always bring my pets to this vet for puppy shots and for care of my pregnant females. They are always polite, quick and I have had no problems with them. The place is small but the prices are super low. Where else can you get vaccines dewormer and an exam for only $30 for puppies? I love this place and will continue to go to them. Highly recomended.
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.