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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Animal Medical Center (Large Animal - Equine) provides services, care and staff that are EXCEPTIONAL!!! Dr. Kelly Torrisi has made many ranch visits to our home both in times of crisis and to provide routine care. She compassionately helped us put down a beloved donkey, skillfully executed "driveway" surgery and regularly assists us with our teeth floating and vaccination needs. She is highly recommended for all your equine needs.
After visiting a few vet clinics in our area, we decided to give South Auburn Veterinary Hospital a try. So glad we did! Very courteous, concerned group of staff members. The doctors are more concerned about the care of the pet and the office staff is willing to work with us on payment of services. My daughter had to take our dog in, but didn't have money and they allowed me to call in to give a credit card number over the phone. It was so nice to be treated with respect. We love our new Veterinary Hospital!
My French bulldog goes to Dr. Sheriff and he is absolutely amazing. He always takes extra time and hand writes each visit's detail down for you to take home. He truly cares about his patients. He is the best Vet I have ever gone to.
Great place to get your animal spayed or neutered at a reasonable price. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to be a responsible pet owner.
Animal Spay & Neuter is a fantastic, low cost clinic for getting your animals fixed. Although the time restraints of when to pickup / drop off are not very flexible, I think it is so worth it to get my dogs fixed here because the staff is phenomenal, and it is 3 x cheaper than most places. When I took my first dog here, they even gave her special treatment and held her most of the day instead of leaving her in her crate because she was whining. They were so good to her! And they gave her a stuffed animal to lay with...I really trusted them with my pup, and now I will be taking my next dog to them as well!
We love South Auburn Vet! They take good care of my babies and are always upfront and honest about our options, they never try to overcharge. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our one sweet boy, but we still have our little girl dog, and she is getting a brother soon! We will definitely be taking him to South Auburn Vet.
Dr. Chandler and Kominek have provided my special needs Mastiff with excellent and compassionate care for the last 5 years. The treatment they gave( to my lame, and aggressive english mastiff) has been nothing less than excellent. . My beloved dog is now 8 yrs old despite his bilat. hip dysp., back, & hock abnormalities.I am certain my mastiff would not be alive today without their care. I should also mention another dog I had with addisons disease, he lived until 91/2 due to the care he received from Bowman. I will always use them for all my pets. They are one of the best vets around !!!!!!!! Thank You Bowman
I have been going here with my cat and dog for years. I fully trust Dr Kominek and the staff. They are always so great with my animals and I know they are getting the best care possible.
this is the best vet around i know personally because i take all my pitbulls there and they take care of me every time thank you all for all you do for me and my family of pitbulls!!!!!!! you guys are the best and always have the best prices and i cant thank all you guys enough for all u do for us
They were so great with my cat!
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.