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'm the crazy catlady who lives on the other side of the mountain (Clay County). I found Dr. Long several years ago after my local vet retired due to illness. He is absolutely wonderful with all my rescues (from tame to feral, young to old) and his staff are the kindest and friendliest in the business!
I brought my kitten in to be seen and the service that I received from the workers today was unbelievable! I absolutely LOVED the entire staff! Everyone was very friendly and seemed happy about their job. They made my kitten and I feel so comfortable and I can't thank any of them enough! Dr. Leah D. was our veterinarian today and was literally the best! She was very informative, kept me updated with everything, and explained everything clearly to me of what was going on and what my kitten was having to have done. This is the best place ever and I will definitely be returning and making this our home! I've never left any office so happy! THANKYOU Dr. Donahue and the rest of the staff! You all are AMAZING!!
I would only use this center if my dog had a bone protruding out of her body. I was actually referred here and it was nothing short of a nightmare. I should have read the reviews on here first. First of, I was treated rudely and stupid when I first went in. Also, I was charged over twice the price that I was quoted. I took my dog in for an emergency c-section. Dr. Cooner had been on duty way longer than he should have been and almost killed my dog. A simple procedure, yet he did not do the internal stitches correctly and she almost bled out requiring an additional surgery and a blood transfusion. My puppies were just thrown in a cardboard box and three hours later had not even been fed anything. Also, I was assured that I had 4 healthy puppies. When in reality, I had three healthy puppies and one with a cleft palate that would have died a slow miserable death had I not already been feeding him myself. My momma dog had a reaction to the pain medication and was given valium. Only upon insisting the vet tech recheck to make sure that it was ok to give a nursing mother valium, I found out that valium can kill the puppies of nursing mothers. One long nightmare is what I experienced with this center. And the fact that some of the staff there are so arrogant as to say they are a hospital and not just some fly by the night clinic like I must be used to.I attempted to resolve my dissatisfaction with Dr. Nelson and Dr. Nicholls. One didn't acknowledge my suffering at all and the other said he would investigate and get back to me. That never happened. After reading some of the reviews, I suppose they would spend all of their time trying to pacify people if they did respond to every unhappy client. If you are looking for any type of customer service or a vet that actually cares about your pet, DO NOT take them here. There are simply too many people working there that simply do not care.
Overpriced services and snobby staff. We have changed to Dr. Ford at Hokes Bluff. He is MUCH better, more caring, and more affordable.
The last straw this morning. I have been taking my dogs to Animal Medical Center for almost 10 years now. Once they were "the best" in the area, but in the past few years, their customer service has gotten worse and worse. When we called to schedule a check-up for our new puppy, we were put on hold for several minutes (being put on hold is the norm when calling there), and the person who finally came on the line acted like it was a bother to schedule the appointment. Appointment day arrived, and we got there early. It was a rainy morning and the waiting room was completely empty except for us. We waited about 15 minutes to be called back anyway, and the initial assessment by the technician was done . Then we waited in the exam room for over 30 minutes with no word from anyone. Finally I went out to the desk and asked why we were waiting so long, and was told "I'll check on it." About 10 more minutes and a vet came in. He said that he was not the one scheduled to see us, but that the other vet had been delayed by weather. (It was raining). No apology, no thank you for waiting. After the exam was done, I checked out and asked to speak with a manager. And waited some more. After almost 15 minutes, I left. As I was buckling my seatbelt, someone came out to my car. It was the vet who had been scheduled to see us. Again, no sincere apology, no concern for our time, just "It was my fault you had to wait," and an attitude that made it clear that she thought I was overreacting. I understand that things happen, but the wait is alway long there these days. They all obviously knew the vet wasn't in yet, but no one bothered to apologize or explain, and I never did get to speak with the manager. All this makes me feel like they don't care, and if they can't treat the humans any better than that, then I don't trust them to care about it for my pets.
Susan Lacoq, now practicing under a different name I noticed in another review is totally the worst, most insensitive and incompetent vet you will ever dread to come across. This is a great facility but would certainly advice NOT allowing Susan to see, treat or advise you on your pet. I wouldn't allow her to touch a toad. She is horrible. A shame since this hospital could be so much more.
While this Hospital was once the Ideal place it has quickly declined in care and in quality. I have spent possibly tens of thousands of dollars at this clinic and now, I wouldn't go there if their services were free. While for the most part their Vets were once the Best, the fact that Susan Lacoq still practices here is enough reason for me to advise anyone who LOVES their pet to simply AVOID this facility like the plaque. She has always been harsh, insensitive and even admitted that they had misdiagnosed my Baby which almost ended her life. I have to believe that since she has been employed there, the other vets have most probably adopted her same attitude. I was speaking with another client in the waiting area and shared my exact feelings on Susan. She is certainly not in this for the LOVE of animals. Her coldness and insensitivity is simply "chilling:. At least do your Baby a Favor and AVOID her if you have to use this facility.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place! The facility is very clean and the entire staff is just wonderful! They take the time to explain and go over anything and everything you could possibly have a question about. Their amazing with my big fur baby Sadie (German shepherd). I would highly recommend this place to anyone who wanted that warm caring environment for 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.