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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Triche up front and Dr. Kim Fralick are the absolute best. They are so friendly and so compassionate. They took really good care of our 17 year old cat when she needed some attention. They treated her so well. We felt really, really good about choosing Joor Road Veterinary Hospital for our cats needs. We very highly recommend them and will certainly use them again when needed. Thank you Joor Road Veterinary Hospital for providing such a wonderful experience at a stressful time.
My family has been using this vet since before I was born, and now my husband and I use him for our doggies. He has a lot of years of experience, and he's really good with the animals. I find him very thorough, but not alarmist either. He's not always trying to push some extra procedure on you to make money. When our last dog was facing the option of either having a couple of expensive surgeries or being put down, he didn't push us one way or the other, and was supportive of our decision that it was in her best interests to put her down. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who likes a sensible, down to earth veterinarian.
Exceptional friendliness, professionalism, care of the animals - this is , by far, the best I have ever experienced in all aspects of vet care, etc. Highly recommend. Thank you WOAH staff for a first class vet clinic !! Deborah Sanford
We have used this vet for several years and are happy with all the services we have received. For us he has taken care of 2 cats, 4 dogs, and a bird. The clinic may not have all the 'bells and whistles' but the care of our animals has been what's important, and we have had no complaints.
DO NOT! I repeat DO NOT take your dog to Dr. Waguespack! I had a Frenchie that was the runt and very small. I brought him here to get a booster shot (after he had already had two of the exact same shots with his breeder) and immediately after the shot our dog became sick which is to be expected for a day. After he was lathargic for a day I called Dr. Waguespack and said that could be expected but to just make sure he was eating. 2 days later my sweet dog passed away. I am convinced he gave our dog too much of the vaccination. You would think a doctor of 40 yrs would know how much to give such a small dog. He was perfectly healthy before the shot and 3 days after the shot died he was never the same after recieving the booster shot. Do yourself a favor and take your pet to a vet that takes time to help and explain things to you and more than that actually knows what they are doing.
You will find that the answer to everything is a steroid shot and a course of antibiotics either by mouth or injection.The kennel is not allowed to be seen-- there is a red flag. Unfortunately, I've seen it and it's what you'd expect someone to hide.The doctor is sociable, but not as thorough as others.The techs/assistants are under-qualified to be in that environment. You can overhear them talking about clients.In any medical field, this can happen. However, let's be diplomatic when discussing opinions or trying to argue with the actual DVM.
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.