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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Everyone there is very nice, courteous and knowledgable. I had to drive an hour because of an issue with our cat's teeth and he ended up getting an extraction. Needless to say, I was nervous. Dr. Colmery is an excellent veterinarian. He took his time and cared about our situation. I would highly recommend him. He was very down to earth and I felt like I wasn't just another patient.
This place is a nightmare! Truly disgusting. I'm not one to write reviews and this place was so bad that I felt I HAD to let people know. I'm sorry, but my fur child deserves proper care and this place did not provide that. Now, the actual vet is a great person and she is the exact opposite of her staff as she's caring, great with animals, and can effectively communicate with us, the animals owner. But her staff should not be working at any veterinary clinic in the world. I couldn't have imagined a ruder, unsympathetic, extremely apathetic, staff at an EMERGENCY VET CLINIC!! And I'm a bartender, so I usually know how to handle any type of personality, but these girls where awfull! My little pup was seriously ill a few weeks ago, so I already was really sad, but these girls made it so much more worse, that when I left I wanted to cry because I was actually worried about my dog's safety. Not that she would get hurt, but because I was worried she wouldn't get cared for properly, and it made me sick. Literaly made me feel like throwing up and crying. I was so scared, and that about to cry feeling was becoming so overwhelming, that I almost couldn't handle it. I was terrified! And I'm a man. I'm not supposed to feel like that, or even admit feeling like that over a dog, but I couldn't help it! I love my little fur child to death! She's my best friend and part of my family! But I was actually worried that my dog wouldn't get cared for properly and I was worried that more problems would arise down the road. Maybe an infection, or whatever. These girls just DON'T CARE! Look, we don't come to an emergency clinic unless something is terribly wrong and can't wait until our normal vet opens, so you'd think they would be somewhat caring to you and your little side kick, but they weren't. When we go to these places, we're going through a hard time because we just want our animals to be back to normal, back running around bringing you the joy that they always know how to do! And for them to have absolutely no empathy, what-so-ever and to act rude and arrogant really threw me off. My dad's dog needed surgery and he got it done at Michigan State and I saw first hand the service he was given and my god.......it's night and day! MSU knows how much these animals mean to us, and when you're there you not only feel 110% sure your animal is going to be taken care of, you're literaly treated like a king. You feel as if they rolled out the red carpet for your dog. This place, you feel like you're not wanted. They could care less about you or your loved one. I'm sorry to write such a long review, but I really wanted to let people know that you should go somewhere else if you love your fur child as much as I do. God forbid my dog gets sick again, but if she does I will not even think about going back. It makes me sick just thinking about the treatment I recieved from those girls. PS- I'm very easy to get along with. I know I said this before, but I'm a bartender so it's my job to be able to effectively communicate in a friendly nature. So I'm not some jerk that came in demanding this and suggesting that. I came in looking for help for my dog and I was treated like I ruined their night.
I took my dog to Dixboro Medical & Dental center today 3/21/12 for surgery and would NOT recommend this vet to anyone.Dr. Ben Colmery refused to listen to acknowledge what care I wanted for my dog. He said that she probably would die, so “in his opinion” he did not think it would be fair to give her a chance with surgery.I do NOT feel that Dr. Colmery had my dog’s best interest in mind. He is refusing to help her and insisted on putting her down.There are So many specialists for pets as well as people, I do not understand how or Why a vet (in business to help animals) would simply let them die. That is NOT the easy thing to do.I share my life with my dog, my son loves his dog and we do not want her dead, that is why we chose vet care. As a doggy “mother” and a “human” mother, I would NEVER accept a doctor suggesting that I kill my son instead of getting him medical treatment.SHAME on you Dr. Colmery!!! You should get OUT of the vet practice if you do NOT care about the well being of pets or their owners peace of mind and love of their animals!!
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.