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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Can honestly say they deserve this one star. Absolutely incompetent. Our poor cat is miserable because of these idiots. I wouldn’t recommend Cliff Jeffcoat to anyone. Performing a procedure like declawing and a spay should constitute pain meds for an animal. They refused to give our cat anything for her pain on the premise that there isn’t anything they can give her. When all real local vets seem to disagree. Allowing an animal to suffer the way they do should be considered animal abuse. I regret ever putting my poor cat through this with this twit who calls himself a professional.
I was severly concerned about about our 2 year old cat who become seriously ill in 24hrs. I callled when they opened for an appt and they had me come straight in. Fast, friendly staff. Quick and efficient doctor with great bedside manner. True concern and explanined everything throughly! Gave my cat med and sent med home for other cat as well, then had me call back that night and the next day to check on the cat! Definetely will recommend and go back to that office!
We came by there on 09/16/17 for my dog that had something wrong with his ears after finding out that another vet I went to did not do sick visits for pets. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the comfortableness of the office. When I am saying comfortableness, I am talking about the way it does not have that "doctor office" feel to it. Dr. Osborn is an excellent vet. You can tell he loves his job, and loves the animals he takes care of. He has very good bedside manners compared to the last vet I went to. He isn't really rough like my previous one. He is gentle and loving. He does anything he can to make sure our furbabies get the help they need. I was just amazed at the comfortable feeling at the vet office, as well as the warm feeling you get from Dr Osborn & his wife. They will be the only vet I go to in the future.
First visit. Excellent caring facility, not overly busy like most with unruly dogs everywhere. Made appointment and it was right on time. Informative Doctor and no pressure to do things I didn't come in for although I knew I needed more For my dogs. Very reasonably Priced and didn't have to do a New Customer Checkup for a fee to get what I needed.
Using for over ten years, straight forward no BS. Tryed other vets none compare. Would recommend to anyone who loves their pets. ** Pets have no voice you are there voice, so speak up let them be heard**
Dr. Parker is a brilliant vet who saved my dogs life-to the amazement and disbelief of other vets! Our Lab was critical when we rushed her in with heat stroke. Dr. Parker told us her body temperature was 108F.!!! So happy to report that Dr. Parker & the excellent staff at Walton Way saved her life. We're so grateful to them - and so is our girl.
I love this Vet Clinic. From the front desk staff to the Vet they have been helpful and professional. I have the worst behaved dog in the world and they continue to let me bring her in for medical care. I love my little old dog and am grateful for their services that have given me more time with her.
Animals Held HostageBottom Line- Up Front: Very Unfriendly Owner, Failure to Meet a Quoted Price, Loss of Deposit Payments at the Expense of the Customer, Don’t Board Your Animals Here, Not Better Business Bureau Accredited (However they post a BBB sign as if they are.)Don’t Pay Deposits over the Phone – Provider failed to maintain a copy of the deposit and stated that I would have to pay the full amount, if I couldn’t provide proof of payment. Don’t obtain a quote over the phone and if you do, it is unlikely that you will be given the same price when in person. Be prepared to have the cops called on you when debating an issue with the owner. The owner is vary unfriendly and will call the police on you if you threaten to report any issues concerning how you have been treated. Do not board your animals at this clinic! Upon pickup of the animals at roughly 3:30 P.M. we were notified by the dog handlers that they were about to feed the animals for the first time that day, both our dogs appeared to be malnourished and panting from lack of hydration.
Would not use, very unclean!
My family and I have been using the services of Dr Gross and Care More for over 30 years. You will not find better vet care. They treat your furry friends like their own. And fellas, his staff is very attractive, too.
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.