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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Terrible and questionabl service, first they charged my all kinds of money, $235, to knock out my dog to remove his toe nail that should have been a simple local, then, since they didn't give him an antibiotic he got an infection and they demanded another $100 to see him for something they should have given him to begin with... just terrible!!! NOT HAPPY AT ALL AND NOT RECOMMENDED.
first time there to day with a yorky with a leg popped out of joint. Read some concerning reviews about this place, mostly desk staff. Our finding were a very professional run team front desk and Dr's at the back. One thing that we really liked was an invitation to come and be with your pet. To a lot of owners that is a real plus. Animals like people they dont all make it most are sick that's why they are there. The vets do their best and we got to except it, they feel real bad over the out come some times and have to live with this, they dont need the people to make things worse for them.
Dr. Jones is a jerk who killed my pet and took my money. I took my pet/family member in as he was having a little problem with breathing heavier than normal. Dr. Jerk called me said he had cancer, great personality about it too. He suggested steroids to see if it shrunk the masses. I went to pick up my pet and he told me about the 3 week instructions over the phone and I let him know I was pulling into the clinic. After I paid the $266.68 they made me wait to get my pet. Finally they go get him and we go home. Less than 8 hours later he was dead. I waited the next morning for Dr. Jerk to call and check on him, Dr. Teed did when he had been there before, but no such call ever came thru. I spoke with the office manager, Pam, who wanted to talk to Dr. Jerk first. The next day jerk called me and told me if I wanted to bring the medicine back he would refund me for it. He did admit he should have spoken to me when I picked up my pet and that he should have called to check on him the next day. That jerk doesn't care about anything but the money. If u had the means, I would have an autopsy done and sue that jerk but instead he gets away with me paying him to kill my pet. I pray he gets treated as badly as I was and that karma gets him. I hope he never does this to another person or animal and please do not let Dr. Jones treat your pets. I wouldn't trust him with an opossum that had been on the side of the road.
I took my best friend to get neutered here on a Friday. Within the first 24 hours he was swollen and discolored. I waited until Monday to have him checked for infection. Upon my return, they assured me it was just inflammation and I should be more patient... ignoring my better judgement I assumed they're professional. As I studiously cleaned his wound and fed him his antibiotics... nothing improved, but it didn't seem to be worsening. Until Thursday morning when his stitches burst. I brought him in that morning and got a call much later that afternoon stating he would need 3-4 days of recovery from the severe infection he had. While I was upset that he was misdiagnosed 3 days prior, I just wanted my best friend healthy again. So I relented. After a sleepless night worrying about my buddy, I decided that he was not in capable hands. Of all the pungent smells you will incur upon entering Bayside animal clinic, disinfectant or any cleaning supplies won't be one of them. When I made my intention of removing my buddy clear the secretarial staff insisted I talk to the doctor first. He called me at 10, when he arrived and in a condescending and unaccountable verbiage he not so subtly alluded to me being the cause of my dog's current condition. I wasn't placing blame or hostile in any way. I just wanted my best friend to get his best treatment. So I picked him up that afternoon and took him to manatee veterarian clinic (great service and competent and compassionate staff). While checking him out at Bayshore I was ignored by the staff and not offered any lip service as to why I shouldn't be writing this testimonial... it would have gone a long way..... but here I am. Sorry for the long winded speech, but if your furry friend is truly a member if your family. I sincerely suggest you take them elsewhere for their safety.
I have literally spent thousands at Desoto Animal Clinic: however the after hours is horrid. I foster kittens for Pasco Animal Services and my son ran outside screaming that 1 was falling over. Of course we jumped in the car (my son without shoes) and we went here. The receptionist was extremely cold and patronizing. I only had $100 in my pocket. They took him back and treated him and then presented me a $600 bill. I explained I was only the foster mom and I didn't have the $ but said I would work it out with Pasco. The receptionist was so ugly and demanded I sign over the kitten or they would cease treatment. I explained that he legally belonged to Pasco but she again demanded it so I did for his sake. The next day they refused to give me any information about where he was. Come to find out...he is at Manatee Animal Services alone in a cage away from his litter mates and surrounded by barking dogs. I even offered to pay the $600 but they refuse. Yeah, so much better than him being loved at home in a clean safe environment. I'm the good guy who fosters and I was treated like a 3rd class citizen. Horrendous. Do not go here.
Dr Luke has treated every animal I've ever owned. I couldn't have found a more intelligent and compassionate vet for my fur babies. Dr Luke performed 2 very delicate and complicated surgeries on my Archie. Won't have any other vet take care of my fur babies.
Thank you for the beautiful doggie paw in heaven card expressing your sympathy on the loss of our precious Mollie. Thank you for the expedient service in taking care of our baby. You were truly a blessing in our hour of need.
I have been taking my dog there for years. I would go nowhere else. They have professionalism and can tell they care about every animal that comes in there. Dr. Teed is great
Always great care for our kitty. Love the staff. The pet club membership is such a good idea. Love Dr. Wally.
Absolute wonderful staff that TRULY cares. Called them around midnight, with a dog that I found. I called about 8 places, and no one would assist me. This is the only place that helped! They took the dog in, gave him a bath, and removed a bunch of painful "prickers" from his face (and this is not part of their job!). They were absolutely amazing and I am forever grateful that they helped the little guy. He was taken to a local shelter that houses 'found' pets. He got a bath and a warm place to sleep for the night. THANK YOU GIRLS! Absolutely wonderful. :)
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.