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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They really came through when others wanted appointments for a broken leg!!!!
Office manager "Colleen" was rude, unprofessional, with an extreme lack of compassion on many levels. Denied my dog surgery because their office did not administer her last shots. An absolute "wrong person for the job" situation. Asked the receptionist to have the vet call me, never heard from them...The last time I was there, I had to put my dog Della down. They charged me twice the rate, had to wait 45 plus minutes with my dog in agony before the vet finally decided to do her job. No condolence card for me.... Go elsewhere.
They really took great care of mine and my cats needs. Our new puppy we just added to the family will be blessed by them also.
Your site says you are open until 5:30 am. It even said "open" and gave a number to call. I called and was informed you were in fact NOT open. I had to drive to Maumelle after hours clinic. My cat didn't make it. I know that could have happened anyway, but having to drive so far because your website info is wrong and very misleading.....
I brought my beloved dog, Barney, to this wonderful animal clinic bleeding profusely. Through a series of tests he was diagnosed with 2 different tick diseases coupled with having ingested rat poisoning. Dr. Alex Bradford was so caring and so skillful as a very capable Veterinarian. Barney was in real danger of dying, but I took him home today with a very favorable prognosis. Drs. Barker, Spivey and Bradford are a great team. Their staff at the front desk as well as those who serve as assistants are very caring and so very courteous. I highly recommend Saline County Animal Clinic. They have been more than fair in their charges as well.
I have used Benton Veterinary clinic (Dr Carol) since 1982 with horses (at the time--she does not Doctor horses now) 5 dogs and cat. I would recommend this clinic to anyone looking for a good Veterinary, plus wonderful staff. I moved out of town few years ago, I tried 2 different Veterinaries at the time. Thanks but no Thanks. I started driving the 34 one way back to Benton Veterinarian Clinic, Dr Carol. Thank goodness, I have moved back to Benton and Benton Veterinarian is still my number one choice. Wonderful Staff from the time you set in door. Try the Benton Veterinary Clinic and you won't be sorry. :)and have NOT had one bad experience.
Hi, this review is more about the doggy day care I'll be dog gone doggy day care recommend by Benton veterinary I'm new to the area and took their advise , I highly regret that. My little buddy came home with scratches all over , only half his food was given to him and none of his treats . I called and of corse no one new anything . Watch out Ali had his own room and he didn't even get feed properly . Really bad recommendation ,I'll be dog gone day care will never see us again .
Never put on cone on our dog after getting him fixed so naturally he licked and tie out stitches and no one even knew till we came to pick him up so then with just a numbing shot stapled it back very incompletion would never take another dog back I mean your a vet a cone would be the first thing you'd do I would think geez
I had a 1 month old puppy with a cleft lip that I was nursing. Took him and his brothers to get checked out I was told his brother had a hip or leg problem that would need testing to see what surgery is needed, now he is running and just fine. The sick puppy is doing great too, I was told he should be put down because of fluid on his brain, well now he eats mire than his healthy brother and runs and plays with them. I haven't seen the horrible seizures he was said to happen nor the not eating or thriving. I was not happy. Going for a 2nd opinion at a different vets today although I was with this vets for 10yrs and it's all because the doctor we saw.
We took our Great Dane in for check up & shots. The doctors & staff were wonderful! Very informative. Very caring! I would recommend them to anyone!
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.