Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Was not happy with care.they supposisly use an outside lab and charged me for it.then was told to use a dull screwdriver on cats teeth when I told them I couldn't afford to have them cleaned under surgery.what a wack place.nurses didn't know how to take blood work and my cat was so traumatized.he was so scared and so angry.I have never had that problem with my vet in Utah.charged me $240.big ripoff.
We have used Dr. Jones and Dr. Chatham's services for many years and have always been so pleased with their thoroughness, care and concern they have showed our furry family. The clinic and its staff are very nice and personable and treat our pets with great care whther it is annual check-ups or for illnesses. We lost two of our furry family within 6 months of each other (one to age/kidney failure and the other to cancer) and they were truly amazing to help us through that rough period. We moved out of Auburndale over 10 years ago but still drive our pets to their office because we know that they will get the care they need.
Absolutely go to this vet! I had 2 dogs and a few years ago we lost our 17 year old,I called them because my husband was driving to their office with the dogs remains and he was VERY upset,I asked that someone would meet him in the parking lot and Dr. Chatham was their for him and consoled him,it could've been an intern etc but the Dr came out! Also their rates are very reasonable by comparison and we continue to bring our dog to this place and recommend to anyone who ask where to take their animal.
I had a very sick male ferret named Fibbert. Dr. Jones treated him, advised me, went above and beyond doing research on Fibbert's illness. Fibbert died 09/24/2013 I called and let her know and to thank her for all she had done. Dr. JOnes sent me a beautiful sympathy card with a touching hand written note thanking me for loving Fibbert. She is a wonderful and caring vet.
don't ever take your dog to Dr.Chatam .I took my dog to Auburndale Veterinary Clinic my dog was shaking her head . She also had a sore on her ear .They told me she had an ear infection. I bought some animax ointement and some pills which I don't remember the exact name.I was only in their office for twenty minutes.When I went to pay my bill I was told it would be 140.00. I had 120.00 cash I ask if I could pay the other 20.00 on the first of the month I was told no they would have to hold one of the medicines.So the nice lady went in the back to see if I could pay the rest of the money on the first. To my surprise when she returned I was told my bill was 100.00 more because they had taken a smear off of her ear to test for cancer.Can you believe my charge went from 140.00 which I can see my dr. for 75.00 per visit to 24o.00. That is a third of my monthly income. That is one reason why so many people can't take their pets to veterinarian . My dog is still shaking her ears.The medicine Animax only costs 7.99 for 30 ml. So how much was I charged for my pets veterinarian visit.
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.