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.
I have two dogs and will definitely use the MD Pet Emergency in the future should I have any urgent medical problems with one of my dogs.
Their care is always thoughtful and kind. I have never been made to feel badly if I have been unable to afford certain tests.
I particularly like being able to visit with my pet while they are recovering from major surgery. This makes it a lot easier on the pet owners.
I took my dog there for all her all her routine blood work up and other needs instead of going to a primary vet. Each visit went downhill. At one point I came in for a routine check up and blood work and they took my dog to the back and traumatized her by giving her oxygen by mistake and without my permission. My dog was never the same after that. The next time she was so frightened her heart rate went to 300 beats per minute because she was so scared. They told me she as at risk for sudden death and to take her to another ER in because they were not equipped to handle that kind of situation! Recently I went to pick up an antibiotic prescribed for my dog. They refused to give it to me without another expensive office visit that could possibly scare her half to death. When I called, Amy, their snotty receptionist refused to allow me to talk to the doctor and hung up on me. She said she didn't like my attitude. I will never take my dog here again.
Their services are great and I feel like I paid for the exact treatments they gave my pet. I was not overcharged. I would highly recommend them!
My dog lives behind a privacy-fence. He is a rescued Pit-Bull mix. The people next-door let their Cocker out unattended, and he always starts a fence-fight with my dog. Someone broke through my fence--apparently to steal my generator--and my dog got out and attacked his next-door antagonist, according to the neighbor. I brought him in to Belair Animal Hospital to renew his rabies immunity (as mandated by Cecil County) and he was wearing a muzzle (again Cecil-mandated). Dr. Brooks treated me like a common perp, although I've brought rescued Pits in there for 15 years. He did not remove the muzzle, although I told him that my dog was not human-aggressive, and therefore Dr. Brooks did not examine his teeth, with which my dog has an as-yet unknown problem. Dr. Brooks treated both me and my dog with contempt, and I will never return to Bel Air Veterinary Hospital again. Not ever.
I cannot express the love and the care that our puppy receives while she has to stay with Animal Emergency. Everyone was so helpful and very supportive no matter what time of day!
Very knowledgeable, kind staff who truly care about all of the animals that come in.
I can't thank them enough for the kindness and compassion that they showed us.
They saved our little puppies life! We could come and visit him and call any hour of day/night. Great staff and facility.
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.