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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So helpful and sweet. Love them
I feel like they are very friendly and caring about both cats and dogs. They have served us well.
State of the Art Care, Hometown Friendly. Lots of experience. Only Clinic in the area who does Digital Dental Radiology.
About three years ago, we brought our dog in; he was wrapped in a towel and bleeding profusely. He wouldn't be seen unless we paid over $1,000 upfront and filled out the paperwork. Understandably I was panicked and asked if I could take the dog behind the locked and coded doors to be seen while my husband took care of the paperwork and charge. They allowed me to go back. I waited for 9 minutes or so. My husband came back before the vet did. She had me place him on a table. She ruffled his fur gently with her hand. Not that I expected her to panic, but there was no sense of urgency in her methodology. I asked her was she going to save him. I told her how long I'd been waiting for someone. She said to me, "I know how long you were waiting because I was watching you on the monitor." I asked her why she was watching me instead of coming to help. She told me, "I don't have to save your dog." This AFTER charging our credit card. I explained to her that I already had one dog die in their care, which did nothing to change her heart. She walked away to another door and started entering the code to leave. My husband (who's white) begged her to please save our dog. She very nonchalantly, turned around and advised him that she would save the dog on his behalf but only if I left. I don't remember her name anymore. She was an old, white lady probably in her sixties or seventies. I believe I was told she was one of the founders of the clinic. God help you if you have to go to that clinic and your skin has melanin in it. When my other dog died at their facility, the vet told me, "Well, she had to want to live." Callous! As if I made my dog NOT want to live. I don't think this place gets audited at all. I don't know what happened to my old review, I remember the clinic reached out to every place I posted to, requesting the review be taken down. I was contacted by a couple of sites to verify my story. It stayed up for awhile but I notice it's missing now.
I've been taking my fur babies to Noah's Ark Pet Hospital for nearly ten years now and my pets have stayed healthy because of Dr. Pearson and his staff. He tells me when it's time to look at teeth cleaning but he never pushes that it needs to be done right away. One thing I appreciate is every year after my pets get their annual check-ups and vaccines I get a sturdy I.D card that has each pet's picture and the dates and kind of vaccines they were given, their DOB and information a kennel or groomer would need. I have never had a bad experience with Dr Pearson or his staff!
Great experience with my visit here. The staff was very polite. My dogs were staying here boarding and were seen by the doctor and groomed before they went home. The grooming was good, and the manager very helpful and knowledgeable with my pets condition. Will definitely be back in a couple of weeks to kennel my pets.
It may not be the fanciest of places but love Dr. Kristi. They've always taken great care of our babies and so much more affordable than other vets who seem to be a third salesmen, always trying to up-sale your visit. Found another clinic we loved but you can't hardly walk out for less than $200 so we're back to High Plains. It's always a busy place so they must be doing something right.
Hope Veterinary is the only place I will take my pets! Kind and caring towards the animals and are informing me about their treatment and condition. They have also helped me out with a financial plan as well.
There have been so many instances that Hope Veterinary Clinic has come to the rescue and card for my pets. I thank you guys so much!
Very friendly service, and they took great care of my Shih Tzu, even though he can be a bit difficult!
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.