Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Took my dog to Cindy Costin. Put my dog out to pull a weed out and never fixed problem. Cost me over $600.00. Took my dog to another vet and they thought she had another weed in her ear and didn't need to put my dog out and then she realized it was hair but didn't need to put my dog out cause me and her helper held the dog steady. Gave my dog three med for a little over a hundred and my dog is doing great. It cost me more to go to Highland Vetinary then it would to go to a doctor myself. They are out for the money only. They also said this laser treatment will help her ears heal as they only got worse. Took her back changed med and got worse. Beware and don't go there. She should not be a vet and another friend had even a worse experience with her and cost him $1,500.00
I have retracted my review of Highlands Veterinary Hospital after a serious incident that changed they way I will look at Cindi Costin and her hospital.My cat didn't have any teeth. You can imagine the gravity of my situation when I learned that he had broken his arm and had two choices: 1) Expensive, reconstructive surgery, or 2) a full amputation; my heart sank. I couldn't afford the first, and the latter seemed unfavorable as he was already missing his teeth. He was basically defenseless. So I chose to euthanize my almost 9 year old boy. As such, I informed Highlands of my decision, and they asked me to come down to the hospital for the procedure.I'm not sure how to describe what happened next, so I'm just going to call it a nightmare. Without informing me, Dr. Costin called Albert's Angel Fund. They agreed to pay for the amputation as long as I surrendered my cat. *record scratch* "No," my friends and I said, "He is already defenseless from not having any teeth, and now you are going to cut off his arm and send him back to the shelter?" Dr. Costin assured me that his needs would be accommodated and that maybe he could go live in a garage with his new foster family. Yep... a toothless, armless cat has the opportunity to look forward to wondering where his human mother went and why he is living in a garage.I declined their "opportunity" and elected to euthanize. So, Dr. Costin had me signed a consent to cease treatment, which I thought was the precursor to euthanasia. They brought my cat back into the room and handed me a receipt for the "services" rendered. I said to the tech, "No, this cat is being euthanized." She said, "Dr. Costin will not euthanize the cat because she does not ethically agree with him being put down."So, Dr. Costin has an "ethical" concern over euthanization because of a simple amputation, but she has no problem releasing a cat that has been under heavy sedation and has had his broken arm poked and prodded, and it still wasn't fixed. I think anyone with a brain can see how this line of thinking is faulty and illogical: Don't euthanize a cat to make a point, but it's okay to release him in extreme pain? I don't understand this, and Dr. Costin is an embarrassment to the community of Butte and surrounding areas.Other highlights from the Day Of Hell, include:- Dr. Costin looking back at me one more time and saying, "Are you sure you don't want to do anything to save his life?"- Being chased with a clipboard by a chubby secretary for payment. I saw her at least 4 times in my 2 hours there. Don't worry folks, Highland's got every last penny for sedation and x-rays, plus the office visit. - When I refused Albert's Angel Fund, she called them and put Jacki Casagranda, from Albert's, on the phone. Even after I said, "No," she continued to rail me about amputation. I said no at least 15 times on the phone call. I have never been so appalled in my whole, entire life.- I was also blamed for the broken arm by Dr. Costin because I waited to take him in. I'm sorry, but the chubby secretary wouldn't let me make an appointment without $90. You refused treatment because I couldn't pay. You are the ones with blood on your hands.So, after all of this, I took him to Amherst. Animal Hospital at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, where Dr. Peretti agreed that my cat was too old to heal properly and that it was ethically okay to put him to sleep. Finally, my boy got the peace he needed from the pain.Yes, I am angry at Highland's, and I want to make one thing very clear to anyone considering this vet: Highland's will not help you make the tough decision to put an animal down, which is a very important part of owning a pet. They only made this part worse, and I hope that someday, "doctor" Costin realizes that she acted like a spiteful, petty witch on a day when I needed her good judgment the most.
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.