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.
This is the most UNPROFESSIONAL animal hospital that I have ever been in my whole entire life! They are EXTREMELY rude right when you walk in, they are not compassionate for your animals, and I SURE AS HELL WOULD NOT ever leave my animals there alone with them overnight! DO NOT GO THERE! as if my own experience wasn't enough, everyone was annoyed and complaining in the waiting room about the awful and uninformed receptionists. Seriously. All they care about is your money. asking me to spend $100 more for blood work, this, and that. It was nothing but a horrible experience. My dog and I transferred as SOON as we left that office! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!
TERRIBLE! UNPROFESSIONAL! THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR POCKET BOOK! DON'T GO THERE!!My wife and I are cautious of having our bill padded every time we go to 'any' doctor, dentist, or veterinarian, so we always ask what the possible charges will be at the time of making the appointment. In this case, we asked VCA what the charge would be to drain our dogs glands...they said $33, and I asked what the charge would be if the glands weren't the problem and they would have to diagnose something else...they said it would be an additional $44 for an appointment fee to see the doctor. I said fine, and made the appointment. (My wife suggested I do it this way, because she wasn't sure that the glands were the problem this time)Our dog and I showed up on time, I confirmed again with the receptionist what we were there for, but that if it wasn't our dogs glands that were causing the problem, I'd like it diagnosed and the extra charge would be fine. We were asked to go into the examination room.The veterinarian came in, and I went over the situation with him as well, 'including' the fees that I was quoted. He said that he charges the $44 fee for looking at the dog, which is what he said he was doing, and I said that I'd like to have her glands checked first, before we do an examination and I'm charged the examination/office fee. He said okay and left the room.They looked at her glands, and found that they weren't the reason she had a smelly discharge, the nurse/tech came out and told me to just keep an eye on it. I said that if it wasn't her glands, I'd like to have it diagnosed by the doctor. They brought us in the exam room again, the doctor came in and mentioned a couple of other things it could be. Such as testing for worms, etc. I said okay, how much will that be. He said he'd find out. I asked if I would be charged to have the glands drained, since they didn't have to because that wasn't the problem...AND THIS IS WHERE THINGS GOT WIERD...he said, "yes, you're definitely going to pay for that because you came in here to have her glands drained". I was going to just go ahead and pay for that service, but I tried to explain to him how I had set the appointment up...that I just wanted to see if her glands needed to be drained, and if not, I wanted to have the problem diagnosed. However, I couldn't even get a word out, as he started making accusational, disrespectful statements to me such as, "I know exactly what you're doing, you're just trying to play the system", etc., etc. I told him that he was being completly inappropriate, told him he was wrong, and I tried to calmly explain again how I set the appointment up with his receptionist. But he just cut me off, said he didn't want to hear it, that we were done, and I could just leave.After I called him a disrespectful punk, my dog and I went out to the car to leave. He came out and asked if I was going to pay. I said, "for what, being falsly accused of trying to play you, and for being disrespectfully kicked out of your office"?They treated me extremely unprofessionally, and if you want to try and get a handle on the fees before they just start charging you...THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO GO!
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.