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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Wonderful vet! She has saved the lives of two of my dogs who would not be here today were it not for her. Caring, knowledgeable vet and staff!
I used this clinic to save money on getting my dog spayed. I was worried since it was less expensive, they wouldn't take as good of care of my dog. But they did amazing! Get your name on the list ASAP, because there is a long waiting list. But they do just as good of a job as any regular priced place. I dropped her off at 8 am and picked her up at 4 pm. She was groggy and a little nauseous from the anesthesia, but the very next day she was back to her normal self. Her stitching healed up perfect and I had no problems at all. I recommend this place 100%!
Worst place to take an animal. I adopted a puppy from the humane society and I had to take it there to be spayed. It took a month in order for her to do it. She claimed the puppy was sick when she wasn't. Then weeks later she finally did catch it. So it was put off. Meanwhile I went daily to see our puppy. I heard horrible stories of this vet. Lots of botched declaw jobs and such. I went over to talk to them as well as called and was lied to on 2 occasions. When she was finally spayed we took her home. Our puppy is now having issues with urinating and has been for 2 days. And her spaying looks like a 4 year old did it. I am disgusted that a vet who practices does this. I have witnessed how she treated the paying public that came to her. I know she gets paid through the humane society but just because these animals are adoption animals gives her no right to be so callused. I have documented everything, have taken pictures, and now have to take my new baby to a good vet to see if she is ok. Sickning, don't use this woman, trust me.
I've got a pet chameleon and have done a pretty good bit of research on the diseases they could get. He was starting to show obvious signs of RI and I went there to get medicine for him. All they did was look at him for like 5 minutes and say he was okay and not give me any medicine all they gave me was a print out of the basics of how to care for a chameleon.
Vet Techs Moe & Sarah get the biggest Shout Out for Paying It Forward when they offered to financially help in assisting a car-struck kitty. The vet bill was on me but Moe, Sarah and Dr. Pope stepped in - with an unidentified client who also pitched it to help me pay. Wow! Amazing people! Empathetic, Generous and Professional. Bless them and the poor kitty.~ Amanda McKaughanArk O' Noah Pet Sitting
Dowlen road animal clinic is one of the best veterinary clinics I have ever gone to and even though I now live almost 100 miles away, I drive all the way back to Beaumont for the care I receive from this clinic and specifically Dr. Lehman Custer. I have raised tiny Yorkshire terriers for years so I am very familiar with many of the vets in Beaumont. Although I have nothing but good things to say about my experiences with these other vets, dowlen road animal clinic is far superior in progressive treatment and knowledge of the latest cutting edge technology. If you are looking for a new vet, don't hesitate to call dowlen road animal clinic and book an appointment with Dr. Custer or one of the other great doctors at this clinic. You will be glad you did.
To me, this place is wonderful. Their compassion and caring hearts shine through for every pet they treat. I would highly recommend them.
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.