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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Worst experience at a vet I've ever had!!!! Rudest and most incompetent veterinarian I've ever dealt with. avoid this place like the plague. Go to Bayshore animal hospital they are much better!!
My biggest complaint is that no one calls you back to let you know if you have a prescription ready even though they tell you to call it in. Most treatment has been good and accurate. The wait can be long and rough on your animal. Having to have a pet put down is hard enough but to do it in the small x-ray room is almost cruel. I heard they had a room for that but was never offered it nor saw it. I hope Dr. Goza reads these so he can take them into consideration. I really think the business is not doing as well with his semi-retirement. Some staff are awesome...others....well, its sad.
Dr. Goza is the only Vet I trust with my dogs! He is kind and gentle with them, and even after 13 years, my yellow lab Lilli Anne gets so excited to see him (once she's out of the waiting room)! He is the ONLY VET I WILL ALLOW TO TOUCH, LOOK AFTER AND TREAT MY DOGS, AND I HAVE BEEN DRIVING OVER 100 MILES JUST TO SEE HIM, FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS!! I will wait until I can see him, and being a walk-in clinic and everyone insists on seeing him, the list can be long, but I will wait hours or stay overnight just so my babies can have procedures done by him and his staff! Nor to mention that he isn't like ANY city Vet. He charges a fair price, and you leave knowing that his only concern is to make sure you have all your concerns addressed & that he's done everything he can do to make sure that my/all animals are taken care of, instead of trying to get rich off those of us who treat our animals with love, care and the intention on keeping them alive &well, for as long as possible! He's my hero!
Biggest mistake of my life. This lady is insane. She mutilated my cat! This happened a little over a year ago, and my poor cat has since developed depression and anxiety over its loss of independence due to her insane practice. I only take my pets to Bayshore or Goza now. Would give zero stars. If you love your animals don't go here.
Dr Larry Goza is the best he saved my dog I live in Kelso Washington and backed over my dog a large Chesapeake bay and it was in the evening and all our vets were closed so first I took her to Portland Dove Animal Hospital who were suppose to be know for there compassion for animals but the only companion they had was for there wallet they thought her leg was broke and that it would cost around $3000. to $5000. to fix it and they said they couldn't examine her unless I had money up front I told them I had a care credit card with $500 on it they said that would even cover the x rays and they said I should put her down there was nothing they could do for that much I told them I wanted to take her to Dr Goza because I remembered my sister-in-law had said how they were so good and affordable so all they did is give me a couple pain pills and charged me $165.00 and said good luck the next morning I took her to Dr Goza who cared more about helping my dog than how much money I had we had to carry her in because she was in a lot of pain Dr Goza took X-rays and said all it was a dislocated hip he popped it back in to place and took another X-ray to see if it was in place and it was he gave me pain pills for her and all he charged me was 163.00 I was so happy I could have cried and she walked out I would recommend him to everyone it was well worth the drive I love him Jill Hicks
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.