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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*UPDATE* (at bottom) I boarded my dog here (Pet Palace Inc. Auburn AL) this past weekend (06/14/18-06/17/18) for 3 nights and four days, including doggie day camp. WOULD NOT recommend, 0/10. First, they are so busy and understaffed it seems that they don't even take the time to relay any extra charges or changes in charges, they really want to sneak in those extra ridiculous fees. Second, they did not make time for me when I called for an update and were very short and even hung up on me before I was done. Thirdly and MOST IMPORTANTLY my dog came back to me INJURED. She had two symmetrical injuries on the side of her mouth. That they claim to have no knowledge of. They tried to blame my dog and then tried to say I don't know my own dog. It isn't an injury she could really give herself. They claim to have no knowledge of it or not have noticed it but I took her to veterinarian and they said it would have been bleeding and the bleeding on top of the noticeable swelling injuries on her lips would have been very hard to miss. So either they are lying, or they paid absolutely zero attention or care to her. Now she has to be on antibiotics as well as being in pain because of these people and their negligence. I will never come here again and I suggest to anyone who actually loves their pet, not to come here.*UPDATE*: The manager at Pet Palace called my personal phone number that I had left as my contact number while my dog was staying there, to complain about the honest review I had left of my personal experience. They did refund me for the extra treat charges that were not displayed visually or verbally (they had charged me to give my dog her own treats that I had provided for her and made no mention of it when I told them). They felt that this small action of doing the right thing meant that everything else was fine. She claimed that I was putting false accusations out there. As mentioned above, a licensed vet had told me that the injury would have been bleeding (on her and other things) and swelling (she has white fur, blood and a swollen lip injury like that would definitely be noticeable if you are actually doing your job taking care of the dogs). When I claimed I could not talk because of work and had to go the manager did not want to take no for an answer and continued to try and argue with me about my review being "wrong". This is extremely unprofessional of a business to call and complain to a customer for leaving their honest and personal experience online for others to see.
We were working in the area and I realized my dog "Kat" (Kat with a "K") was having an issue, thought the symptoms were UTI related, and it turns out it was. The vet tech was able to fit us in with very short notice. The vet tech that was in the room with us was very professional, good with clients of the human and fur natures. Dan was the Vet we saw. He's very professional, and has a good bedside manner. Watching the interaction he had with other patients in the office, it kind of reminded me of "Mayberry", in the way that it's a friendly atmosphere, everyone knows everyone and the Dr. showed a personal interest in everyone. If we lived closer I would most definitely use him as my Vet, even though we have a difference in philosophy. As far as price for services, I found them extremely reasonable (pills a wee pricey though), and the bill was about half of what I was expecting.
Parkway animal hospital has always been good to my babies, the price is great best in town and when quoted on the phone they tell you it may vary depending on what’s wrong with the baby, so I read a review that not a true statement! I have been taking my three dogs and 8 cats there for years and alway had great results care, professionally and price! I would recommend this to everyone! Thank you Parkway for taking great care of our babie and us
Took my dog to have his stitches removed. I wanted to tell the tech (yes, tech, not vet) that o wasn't sure if they all were ready to be removed. Tech took my dog, removed the stitches, and then the vet blamed me for coming in too early. Gave my dog 2 stitches and the stitches came out within a few hours (after the office close). I then had to spend over 2 hours at Fir Buds and have 9 staples put in my dog. I decided not to go back.
Staff has always been friendly and my dog tells me (body language) she loves them too! Very knowledgeable, practical, and efficient without being too rushed.
I read the other two reviews here and I totally disagree. Over the past 9 years we have had two animals go to the vet school clinic. They have had excellent treatment and the staff is caring and compassionate. In fact, we are going there tomorrow to get a diagnosis on a 13 year old cat who might have cancer. It is up to a pet owner to decide when their beloved pet has had enough treatment. It is up to the clinic to give you options. We love this place!
Great clinic! I board my dog Bailey there for a week at a time when I go out of town. She comes back happy and healthy each time. The staff is friendly and helpful.
Let me just say I have never been so enraged! I took my dog to Pet Palace yesterday morning to get a bath. Keeping in mind I have only taken her here probably 3 times. The lady proceeds to tell me that they are running late and may be 12:45 or later and that she would CALL ME when they finished.. So I wait and wait so about 1:15 I go up there to find DOORS LOCKED, LIGHTS OFF AND NO ONE THERE!!! Only one phone number which is the phone that I could hear ringing inside the building! I was fixing to break down the doors!! About 40 minutes after pacing around the building the manager pulls up. Only to tell me that it was basically my fault for not knowing that they close at 1:00,Which I did not know and if I did know do they think I would really leave my dog alone there!!!!!!!! Even when I told her that the girl said she would call me when she was finished...she keeps telling me that they close at 1:00!!! So without even calling me they lock her up. Would they have ever called me???? She was rude and looked at me like I was an idiot!!!! Even though it was their fault for not letting me know she was ready they made me pay $50 for their mistake!!!!!!! I have had several people tell me that this is not the first time this has happened. They have horrible business management and they only care about THE MONEY not the care of our dogs!! I strongly suggest to NEVER let them have contact with your dog!
We boarded our dogs while on vacation. One "escaped" from a fenced yard and was missing 7 weeks until he found his way home. All they did was place a free lost dog ad in the local paper.
We took our dog there a few months ago with a broken leg. They did the surgery and put a pin in her leg. They kept her longer than they said they would. I think it was to rack up a nice bill. Then told me I had to take her to the back for bandage changes like twice a week. After her leg popped open exposing the pin about 3 times. They decided to take the pin out. And then started with the bandage changes again. This racked up a nice bill of over 3000. Which I paid and had a payment arrangement with them for the last couple hundred dollars. Well My new puppy got sick and is almost dead. We took her in and they refused to see her unless I paid money. I didn't have any money so I asked if she could be put on the payment arrangement for my other dog. Well The lady in charge was flat out rude to me and told me she didn't tell me I could finish paying after Christmas. And she didn't remember telling me that. Now my son's puppy is gonna die because I didn't have the money to pay for an emergency. I would never take another animal there. They don't care about your pet. They just want the money.
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.