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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I took a very sick kitty in an emergency to this clinic because they were the only ones available. The care was adequate, but the environment was cold, and I didn't get any warm fuzzies from the staff. (Maybe if it's a dog, they are nicer, because all the stuff in their waiting area is for and about dogs.) When I went back two days later to take the kitty home, the bill was almost $700. There wasn't even any surgery! (My regular vet charged less than half that much for cancer surgery on another cat.) There was, however, an unnecessary test for FELV/FIV that I did not request nor consent to - to the tune of $80. My cats do not go outdoors, and they have been tested in the past, but no one asked me about that! To top it all off, they wouldn't release the cat until I paid in full. They HAVE NO PAYMENT PLANS. If you are not wealthy or don't have a credit card, forget it. I got really upset, because in this part of the country, vets understand their working class clientele and have payment plans. There was no empathy whatsoever, only a broken record of you have to pay in full. The nurse said that if I couldn't get some "care credit" account, which is a credit card, then why should they even accept my check!!! They wanted me to go get cash. The nurse was very ugly about my finances, and basically told me if I couldn't get the credit card, then I was irresponsible and a deadbeat. They finally took my check and let me take my cat, but told me never to return - as if they have to worry about THAT! I don't think they care at all about animals - they only care about the money.
Very good doctor. Knows his stuff about animals. The staff is very helpful also. They work with you and give you good advice about the care and welfare of your pets.
We literally just moved to Batesville less than 10 weeks ago for job reasons. Our beloved poodle Wendy was bleeding from her paws due to a bad grooming experience (I won't say who did the grooming), but you might see that in a separate review), and despite it was a holiday, despite the fact that the sign on the door said "closed," Dr. Williams saw us and took OUTSTANDING care of our dog/daughter to repair the damage that the groomer had done. I KNEW I would need to find a doctor for Wendy once we got settled in, but it wasn't pressing because all of her shot records and well dog visits I took care of before the move from Virginia, but I trusted in God, that He would lead us to the right one once we needed one, and He did... well and the help of Google, too. Dr. Williams is our veterinarian for as long as we live here, which I hope is a very long time. THANK YOU so much for your expertise and loving care of Wendy. We look forward to many long years with you. Leigh King.
I normally have very good experiences with Doc Williams's office; however, that was not the case today. I had an appointment scheduled at 10:45am. The place was busy, as per usual, so the (very unkind) receptionist told me to have a seat. She still hadn't gotten my name after 20 minutes, so I finally went up to the desk and told her my name. I thought, "Okay, now we'll get moving." WRONG! After over an hour of waiting, my name still had not been called. People who walked in after me were being called in front of me! And, that's not the worst part. While I was waiting, I overheard the receptionist answer several phone calls in such a rude manner, that I couldn't imagine how the people on the other end of the phone felt. It was ridiculous. I finally got up, slammed the door, and left. Never in my life have I had such poor customer service-- which is a shame, because Doc WIlliams is great.
A lifesaver! My lamb was near death & he knew just what to do to save it. THANK YOU for helping me & Dolly!
Best vet in the area! You can tell he has a love for my pets! He works with you at see that your pet has the best care possible.
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.