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 had not used this clinic but a few times but only had positive and caring experiences. Dr Iyer was wonderful when I brought our beloved 9 yr old lab in for exam. She was experiences several problems and was diagnosed with kidney failure. It was a complete shock to us, but Dr Iyer broke the news and gave us options with great compassion and empathy. He loves his work and cares deeply for his fur patients and their owners. Thank you and your staff for your caring and compassionate care and support on the passing of our lovely girl. We miss her. Keep up the good work.
I have no doubt or question in the competency and expertise of the Doctors here. However, I have a friend that works at the clinic. My dog had recently and quickly declined into acute renal failure and was most likely nearing death. That friend called to tell me one day that my family member had come in during their shift and was refused service [for a critical dog] because that member [of my family] asks too many questions. That family member trusted and even bragged about how great our Vet "was/is" as do many other clients, I'm sure. But, upon hearing that not only was that decision made and allowed, but that other members of the staff were aware and collaborated with such untrustworthy and wrongful acts, allows me to question the integrity and motivation of not only the clinic but all members involved in the practice. I trusted them too, and it saddens me to this day to know that this has happened. I hope that I am the only case, but ask yourself (many of you consider your pets your family), would you not ask questions if your family member was suddenly dying? For this reason, I have to assume that, while this may not be an everyday occurance, it must not be rare. It is a shame that Dr. Ayer is in a position to do this and that the staff perpetuates this behavior. I did not share the information with my family member, and I will not. We were busy losing a family member, as we later rushed our animal to a clinic in Savannah for seizure treatment and uethanasia that same night of the incident. For those of you that read this, I would have requested Dr. Bink had we further interactions at this clinic. I've heard nothing but great things of the Doctor, including great love and passion for the animals and their owners even behind closed doors.
we moved here from outside of Boston and had superb animal care there.. I had tried two other vets locally and while they were good, I wasn't thrilled and this time was looking for more of a homeopathic experience coupled with traditional medicine. Dr. Bink has been AMAZING. he is willing to explain to me the pros and cons of what I believe I want to do and starts with the least invasive treatment and then we rachet it up if we need to.. I feel I have found my Marcus Welby for my pets. we have been using them since spring of 2014 and have not been disappointed .. . ever... are they cheap? no but my animals are worth it and I had mis diagnosis elsewhere which ended up being more costly.
Was berated by a receptionist because I care enough about our pets to ask questions about their care. Charged large sums of money for a series of surgeries and office visits, then told, 'sorry. Can't fix it.' This is more like a boutique vet's office where you take your toy poodle to get vaccinations & nails trimmed. Avoid if you have a serious problem with your pet.
Great vets and service staff that are very willing to answer questions. Would highly recommend to locals and new residents to the area.
By far the worst customer service. I can't even imagine how they treat the pets if they can't even treat customers with respect. Very argumentative reception. They will verbally correct you and role there eyes at you. I guess it's also my fault for giving this business a second chance. This is my first time ever rating a business below five stars. They have earned the one star. If there was an option for a half star, I would have given it to them.
We just got two new kitties that were up to date on everything so a vet visit wasn't expected to be in the near future. One kitty suddenly became critically ill, so upon the recommendation of friends we called your office. Dr. Iyer and the staff were wonderful in every way. We cannot recommend them enough to anyone looking for a caring and cutting edge veterinary clinic. Thank you :-)
We were new to the area and needed a vet. After much Internet research I chose Buckwalter Vet. Excellent decision! The facility was clean, the people were friendly and seemed genuinely interested in what was best for my furry friend. My cat is a hybrid and the Dr was familiar with the do's/don't of the breed plus I didn't have to take out a loan to pay the bill =)
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.