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.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR BABY HERE.They only care about money in my opinion. I felt they tried to talk me into unneccessary procedures and do not care about my pet, only the money in my wallet. Very rude. Vet yelled at me and stormed out of the office. I was sent a rude letter attached to my bill. I think they are Extremely unprofessional, and unknowledgable.
These are friendly knowledgeable people, we have found them to be a great vet service, since Dr. Bellinger retired.
Worst vet experience ever! Don't bring your pet here! Our cat had been vomiting for 48 hours had showed no interest in food or water and was acting unlike himself. We are new to the binghamton area and haven't found a new vet yet so we called around and this was the only vet that could get us in that night- I wish I could give them less then one star the only good thing about the whole experience was the women at reception were pleasent. The vet- (her last name was GayLord) was absolutely horrible. She talked down to me and my husband the whole time. It didn't even seem to listen to the symptoms we discredit because she started talking about an unrelated condition that during the brief exam she deemed are cat didn't have- that didn't stop her from suggesting that we hospitalized our cat for the condition just in case he did. She didn't even ask if he could have gotten into anything or eaten any non-edible things (which is like a primary cause of vomiting cats) until running blood work and giving my poor kitty 3 shots. Ultimately we got no diagnosis (after 300+ dollars for things I have had done for my other cat a year ago for 1/2 the price at a different pice), no ideas or recommendations on how to improve his condition (except isolate him from the other cat and come back tomorrow. Our poor cat is still out of sorts and we are off to a different vet for answers. Save yourself stress and money go somewhere else
Don't go to this vet unless you have money because they won't care for your animal if you aren't a person with money took my dog there with a hurt let couldn't put pressure on it and because I couldn't pay for the X-ray's I was given pain pills and rushed out the door. They wouldn't even work out a payment arrangement to help the animal they were more worried about the money then weather the animal is in pain REALLY your suppose to be in this business to care for animals not send them home in pain to suffer because their owner is on a fixed income. Your suppose to be there to help the animals. BUT THIS PLACE IS NOT THERE TO HELP THE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't go by the star I wouldn't give then any but won't post without one.
This is by far the best Vet in the area. I bring both my dogs here. Dr. Loughlin Gives you all the time you need to address all your concerns and questions. You can tell that he stays up to date on the latest in veterinary medicine and truly has your animal's best interest at heart. He is great at explaining things in a way you understand.I also disagree with the comment about money. Dr. Loughlin explains all of your options and doesn't make you feel bad about not wanting something he suggested. My first experience there was for a reoccurring ear problem. His recommendation was the cheapest and solved the problem!Bottom line, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, rates are competitive, the office is clean, and the Doctor is top notch.
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.