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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This veterinarian or his staff accidentally shaved off my puppy’s nipples during surgery for her spaying.
They are such caring professionals. My Gunner and I enjoy oyr visits to see Dr. Davidson...even the icky visits.
I have never been to a veterinarian more professional ever! I have no doubt my puppy is being cared for by the best. Thank you Travis Thurman
I'm giving them a star just so I can share my experience...�������� I find it important to advise you all!!! Doctor's at Auburn Animal Hospital, located at 3713 Auburn St., Bakersfield, CA 93306 are not educated on the Neapolitan Mastiff Breed. Unfortunately, my family and I realized it too late. We have been taking our Neapolitan Mastiff's for regular check up's and the simply "my mastiff don't feel good". We had noticed our young Neo at around four months was having a difficult time trying to stand, and that's when our short journey began with our little guy. Visit after visit it was always "He's growing too fast, let's change his food" or "He's got inflammation" medication after medication. Our little guy now six months was not improving, but getting worst. Friends adviced us to allow a Doctor down south to take a look at him. The Doctor then diagnosed him with metabolic bone disease, cervical injury, and left leg arthritis, etc. All of this in one visit. Our little guy was so bad, he had to be put down to rest. It's sad to say they call themselves Veterinarian Doctors. They didn't care about our baby! They took advantage of our situation, knowing we would pay for whatever it took to get our boy better!! NOT TRUSTWORTHY OF!! Below are the names of the Doctors our boy was seen by. Dr. Leticia Davidson, Dr. Kristy K. Utt, and Dr. Ann M. Hamilton ... What A Shame !
They gave me a quote on services (Surgery and shots). I paid in full. then they went to do surgery on my dog and it was worse that they thought. So when I picked him up they said it would cost more but they would waive the extra change because it was their fault for the misdiagnosis. But when I returned for shots that we also put on the quote they said because of the surgery costing them so much the money i paid for shots went to the surgery. I then had to come up with $60 on the spot because they told me this after Ithey gave the shots. I was told I couldn't leave with my dog if I didn't pay.i asked if i came back with the quote and receipt would i get my $60 back? She said no. I have since filed a claim with the Better Business Bureau.Also my dog came home after his 30 hour stay hungry and thirsty like I've never seen him before. I can't prove it but i don't think they gave him any water or food and he was there for about 30 hours.
We are always treated with respect and kindness we have our appointments .Dr.Utt is incredible and Loves our little pets like they are her own.
We have agricultural working dogs as well as a couple pets. Dr. Jensen has been helpful and understands how to work with both. Glad to do business here.
They clipper burned my poodle. I had to take her to an emergency vet because her face was so badly burned. Sloppy grooming. Ears weren't even cleaned. I contacted my credit card company and had the $75 grooming fee reversed. Ironically, that's how much the vet visit cost. When I contacted the groomers, they never apologized. NEVER AGAIN.
Never go here!!!! I went because it was close to home... The doctor didn't show no compassion didn't give me no tips advice... Don't go to him if you suspect your dog has parvo.....!!! Or has parvo...
I have been to this veterinary doctor a couple of months back and I was very pleased with everyone's service. I intend to take my dog in every time needed since he is an old dog and I trust the doctor and his staff.
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.