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 cannot say enough about Dr. Presley and the staff at fox run, you guys are great. Have helped me to take good care of my dog, and the prices are affordable anyone could afford them and they truly care about your pet the best care around.
These people are the rudest people I have ever met. I came in because my dog had a wound on her leg, they told me they couldn't do ANYTHING, didn't even look at it. The lady at ththe front called me irresponsible, told me walk ins were not acceptable, and when I tried to make an appointment she called me irresponsible and KICKED ME OUT. She told me 'You need to leave NOW' when my dog was hurting. I don't know what I did wrong but she was so rude to me I cried. I then tried to make an appointment for my bunny to get him fixed and all she said was 'No no you need to leave'.I recommend you NEVER go here unless you want to be treated like trash.
Worst experience ever , our bunny had a stomach blockage and we took him hear , we told them how much we had to spend then they started to say that he wouldn't have a good chance of survival which isn't true, then they sed we could euthanize him, not what we wanted for our poor rescue bunny, he had a hard enough life already, we reluctantly agreed since they were unwilling to help, when they brought him in to us to say goodbye he started to scream and thrash around from being in so much pain, they started giving him the injection and it only went under his skin because the IV line they had run came out, they attempted to shave his leg and inject him again, he died of shock before it could take effect, incompetent and uncaring, please take your pets somewhere else, horrible experience.
Here are a few reasons why I would never recommend the North Asheville Animal Hospital. 1. I called the North Asheville Animal Hospital at eight in the morning because my dog, who is twelve years old, hadn't eaten in two days, this was day number three, and he could barely walk. They said they would get back to me. They finally got back to me at 5:30. I was worried sick the entire day and when I did bring him in, I had to carry him as he was unable to walk.2. After that visit, I had to bring my dog back three times because he was getting worse. This went on for a period of three weeks. Finally, I thought he was dying so I went to the Upstate Veterinary Specialists.3. Another time when I questioned the price of a procedure, the owner asked if I questioned buying clothing that's marked up 200-300%. Then he suggested I go try another vet and he made it clear that he was a busy man and to stop wasting his time with my question. 4. It's almost impossible to get the same vet on consecutive visits unless you call weeks in advance. When my dog was very sick, I saw three different vets in three weeks and received three different diagnosis. One diagnosis was for pancreatitis, which he has, but they didn't ask about his diet or inform me that I should put him on a strict low fat diet which was negligent and could have further jeopardized my dog's health. They gave me zero advice on what to do about the diagnosis. They just gave me drugs. I went home and did my own research so I'd know how to help my dog. The vets are rushed. It's a fast paced environment which is impersonal.In my experience, the North Asheville Animal Hospital is the worst clinic I've gone to in over forty years of pet ownership. If you want to pay a lot of money for a fancy building and be belittled and berated for asking a sincere question, then I recommend them, but start saving your money because you'll need it. It's marked up like clothing. The owner said it himself.
Dr. Vigee and Dr. Klesius have been our veterinarians for many years. They are both very thorough, great medical diagnosticians and very compassionate. The vet techs and front office are also wonderful! An excellent vet practice.
I recently took one of my cats to REACH at night. We got there around 10:00 pm and were taken right in. Kitty ended up having to stay two nights. Everyone there was kind, caring and very nice to us. They kept us updated. Thank goodness there's places where we can take pets after hours!!!
We have taken our little dog, Daisy, to REACH 3 times in the past 9 months. She is growing older and has some issues that cause her to plummet quickly. Each time, Daisy was handled with the utmost care and concern, as were we. Our highest regard and recommendation is given for this organization. We cannot shower them with enough praise.
Thanks for all of ur help with Hampton.I'm so happy to see him come home. I wish u guys could've found out what Hampton got into.
Dr hesius was super kind and exhibited ectraordinary patience and attention with my pets. Strongly recommended.
We met Dr Wood for a consult on heart surgery for my 3.5 lb Morkie ... He put me at ease ... Did the surgery and my sweet Juneau is up and running two days later... She is high energy and must be kept kinda quiet... Thank you to Dr Wood and the staff that is so cool... We love you guys !! ��������������������������������
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.