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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I wouldn't have given this joker so called doctor nor his bungling staff any stars if that had been an option. That's just how bad the "service" here is. Every time I've given that place a chance that con artists "doctor" is always trying to drive the bill up by adding more drugs to the total. So much so that I finally told them I was no longer coming back to them. In addition to this the vet and his staff have been caught in numerous lies regarding treatment and what was expressed by them in the initial diagnoses. On top of all this neither the vet nor his staff know much about managing nor handling animals in general. This veterinary office also has a shady contract with the SULLIVAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER wherein the shelter SELLS all the "strays" they can capture with the strict regulation that the buyer MUST report immediately to family pet or else the buyer will be subject to have the pet forcefully removed by the animal shelter AND they will charge a $150 fine to the owner to do so. This joker can't even look you in the eyes when he talks to you. Stay away from this place and the sullivan county animal shelter. Gangster con artists the lot of them.
Dr. Hobbs has always been very caring for my doggies. I've had one that was in a bad shape and he worked him in. He never rushed with the assessment and made sure the correct treatment was given. I have been to other clinics that I have had to wait to see the vet and then once my animal got to see the vet, they rushed through the exam. I appreciate the kindness and caring from Dr Hobbs and his staff!!!
Most awkward experience of my life. Brought my dog in for a nail trim and was asked by the Dr to hold my dog down while he cut her nails. I was not comfortable holding her down, so I told the Dr and he said "OK, I guess I can get one of the girls to come in here and help". I was left waiting for almost 40 minutes. Once the Dr and his assistant came in they attempted to trim my dogs nails. Now, my dog is a Jack Russell, Min Pin mix, both of which are very high strung breeds. She was a little jumpy, but not trying to bite or scratch or attempting to be mean. After 2 minutes of trying, the Dr informed me my dog needed to be sedated for the nail trim. I reluctantly agreed. The Dr came in and gave my dog an intravenous injection. He then told me we needed to wait 15-20 minutes for it to take effect. After about 3-5 minutes my dog was very sleepy. I went out to the front desk and told the secretary that I thought my dog was sedated enough to continue. I waited another 20 minutes, during which time by dog started to wake up. By the time the Dr and the assistant came back in my dog was wide awake again. This time the assistant held my dog down, while the Dr cut her nails. The Dr made 6 nails in the front, and 5 nails in the back bleed. Then he looked at me and said, "Oh wow, can you believe she is bleeding so much, I wonder why". It took everything I had not to punch him in the face, but I held my composure, went to the front desk and paid my $32.00 bill for a nail trim.I have had my dogs nails trimmed many times, by groomers and her previous vet who recently retired. NEVER has she had to be sedated. And she was never left a bloody mess afterwards. I chose to bring her to this vet so I could meet him and get a feel for they type of care he provides. I was not impressed at all. His receptionist was rude, and the Dr acted like he was on some sort of drug that makes him talk and act like he is in slow motion. The only positive thing I can say is his assistant was very nice and genuinely seemed to want to care for my bleeding dog. In reality, his assistant seemed more educated than the Dr himself. I have to give at least one star in order to post this review...but Family Pet Veterinary Hospital gets ZERO stars from me. I would not bring an injured animal to this clinic to be euthanized. This is the most incompetent Dr I have ever met and I caution anyone who chooses to go there.Was this helpful? Yes No Flag abuse
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.