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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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My husband and I took our dog in to the vet and they performed unnecessary testing that equaled almost $400. Our dog had a UTI, and they had us check her for kidney and bladder issues when The test they should've ran was want to check if she had a UTI first before all the other tests to rule out a UTI. They also missed the fact that she had an ear infection for which we had to bring her back to weeks later to get the medication. When we asked for some kind of financial compensation after spending in 2 visits over $700 they said there was nothing they could do and if we would like our documentation sent to us so we can find another vet. We would do anything for our dog but to have unnecessary stress over an illness that they knew she didn't have and for them to be so cold to not give us any of our money back and to tell us to go to another vet essentially I would never recommend anyone take their animals here because all they care about is money.
Ever since Bill Killewald retired they seem too interested in the money and too little about their clients. Furthermore their staff continuously is changing. Charge for post-operative care? Please
A star for the receptionist and one for the actual vets attitude , how ever the vet tech (i didnt get her name) she had long brown hair was very rude after my dog got neutered and his eye popped out of his socket while they were starting anesthesia, she was laughing and i asked her what was so funny and she said "oh nothing just the pathetic look on his face" by the way i was charged for them to put the eye back in.
They were really nice and caring people. They were pretty cheap and knew what they where doing. My dog went in yesterday at around this time for surgery, and is already back home recovering. They pretty much saved my dogs life. I couldn't thank them enough, I will recommend anyone I can to them.
This is an exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dogs here since I moved to WNY 6 years ago. The staff has always been kind to me and my dogs. To say the vets and vet tech are competent would be vastly understating their abilities. Dr. Donovan and Dr. Hillegas provided a level of care for my very sick Golden that was so far above and beyond what is normally expected. The Doctors at this animal hospital have incredible foresight and take a very holistic approach to treatment. They don't request random unnecessary testing - trust me, I know, I have experience with vets that do this and Blue Cross Animal Hospital is not one of them. They have incredible humility and they treat their clients with the utmost respect. The treatment, care, attention and sincere kindness they have shown my dogs, and me, allowed my Hunter to have an amazing life far beyond what anyone could ever have expected. They took care of Hunter like he was their dog, like he was their family member and for this I will always be grateful to them.
Taking my pet to Blue Cross was the best decision I could have made for her, and for myself. The receptionists are always friendly and attentive. There are multiple doctors on staff, all of whom have been extremely professional from the start. They are honest in their treatment but accomodating when it comes to budgetary concerns. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to bring your pets!
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.