Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
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2304 John Hawkins PkwyHoover, AL 35244
I can only say good things about Dr Stark and her staff. For 15 years she has cared for my various pets with both compassion and professional knowl…
108 W Tarrant DrGardendale, AL 35071
I am new to the area and I called All Creatures Pet Hospital a bit nervous at first because my dogs are my BABIES! But to my relief the young lady I…
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Hoke Animal Clinic is the best veterinary clinic I have ever taken my pet to and it is now the only place I will ever go!!! All the Doctors and staff are very professional and knowledgeable. My dog Maggie loves coming to see Dr Giambrone!!!!!
I've been bringing my kitties here since 2002. I'm very pleased with the thoughtful, efficient, and conscientious care they've received. I trust their expertise. The staff is friendly and even fun.
My dog is sick, and I've brought him here. I was so happy that the doctors put much attention to the needs of my dog and now he is well.
If you value your pets life DO NOT take them to this place or they will end up dead like my dog. Oxmoor's new Doctor is completely incompetent and should not be allowed to practice in this country. I believe her name is Dr. Murphy but it's hard to get her name when you only see her for a few minutes and she talks to you in her arrogant tone. Everything is extremely rushed, anytime you try to ask a question she just disregards you and keeps talking. Absolutely no attention to detail, because it's physically & mentally impossible to do that when you are constantly in a rush. How could you tell me that my Dog is not in distress when A) this is the first time you've ever seen him B) he is shaking like a leaf and his abdomen is swollen up the size of a watermelon! Sheer negligence or malpractice, whichever you would like to call it. I was given some pills and told to come back Wednesday...unfortunately my dog didn't make it til Wednesday. I rescued my dog almost 10 years ago and he was the most loving dog you could ever ask for, and he deserved better. This shouldn't have happened! Needless to say, our other animals will no longer be patients at Oxmoor Animal Clinic and I advise everyone else to either stay away or switch Vets. Dr. Claytor is not there very much now, the machinery is outdated, and the whole place looks like it's been neglected. But they did charge me $400 for that visit, and refused to refund that money.
I have recently started boarding my dog, Tinker, at Altadena Valley Animal Clinic. Before leaving my baby, I went by the place to check it out. The staff was very helpful and happy to show me every aspect of what my dog's stay would entail. They showed me the suites that they have, and while extremely nice, it was a little pricey for me. The kennel boarding was very reasonable and I was told I could bring whatever I wanted for Tink to have with her while she stayed. As I was touring the clinic I noticed that all the dogs in the kennel had lots of bedding and all seemed very happy. Tinker has stayed at the clinic three times now, and every time she comes home, she is happy. She even gets excited when we pull in the parking lot and is eager to go inside! (Never happened at our previous vet) I am very pleased with the staff, the vet, and the facilities. I would highly recommend Altadena Valley Animal Clinic!
I'm very happy to say that they give my 5 dogs and 2 caats as much care as I do! the staff is great! I trust them so much with mine, as a groomer i send my clients here as well!
Doctors and staff are great. I would not trust anyone else with my pets care.
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.