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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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Took our cat into Pine Street Animal Clinic due to a severe allergy. 1st time, the staff was great and informed us of the charges prior to service being done. They weren't able to tell us the underlying issue with the cat but instead just gave him a steroid shot to help. The shot did help for a month or two. The only complaint with the first visit is that the Vet reeked like cigarette smoke but other than that they were fine. The 2nd time we took our cat in for the same problem (September 11th, 2017), we were put in an exam room and immediately 2 vet assistants came and got the cat and said they were going to weigh him and would bring him back in a minute. 35 minutes later, they brought him back after all these services were done...NONE OF WHICH I AGREED TO! I expected a steroid shot to be given but they tested him for ear mites (which was negative) and even gave him ear mite medicine in his ears "just to be safe" as the vet said. The problem is that he has already been tested by a different vet for ear mites and Pine Street clinic knew that and if they would have looked at his records or even came and asked me then I would have told them. Every vet I have ever gone to comes to talk to you before they render service. My bill ended up being $171 that I was not expecting. After I left and saw what all I was charged for I called the and asked what the policy is on discussing with the client what services are rendered and the response that I got was "if it is a major surgery or hospitalization then they would discuss price but other than that they do not unless the client asks." Well I'm sorry but when I don't even know that you are performing any services because I was told you were only weighing him, when am I supposed to ask. What if I came out and the bill was $500? Why would you not talk to a customer about what services you are doing and the expected cost for them... Will never be going back to Pine Street and will make sure to tell everyone I can not to go either
This is the finest clinic I have been in. The people are so caring and understanding. They are also concerned about your feelings. I have never felt so good about a Vet and the care my little girl. Thank you for your help!
I have been taking my pets to High Hopes for 9+ years. I have been extremely satisfied and have always been treated with respect. Once in a while they have hired desk people who could get a little rude but, they never stayed long. I have had to have two of my pets put to sleep and they were very compassionate and helped us as a difficult time. I also have my pets groomed there and they have always groomed them exactly as I asked. Several times I have had to make contact with Dr Arnold after hours and he has always been available. He can always tell you what is wrong and never does any unnecessary tests. I have gone to pushy vets who recommend every test under the sun and you spend hundreds of dollars but, that still unable to tell you what is wrong. I have actually had a vet recommend my toy chihuahua have her knees replaced. Dr. Arnold has never been pushy or over the top. He is not talkative but I don't take my pets to a vet for his personality but for the excellent care they receive,
Very nice people.really try to help you and your family vet.they really care .and care for your pet.i give them 100 great place.
We have been taking our 4 dogs to these guys for years. Always outstanding and excellent service. Even getting my pets in on short notice.
I just tried to make an appointment for my cat to get fixed, and they just lost a customer. Whoever I spoke to over the phone was VERY rude, and I will not be leaving my cat with someone like that. Hopefully they aren't as rude to your pets as they were me. Best of luck.
I recently took my cat in for a surgical procedure. Other than the prices being cheaper than most vets, I will NEVER take my pets back to this clinic. My cat is in good condition, however, the vet gave me no post-surgery instructions. When I picked up my cat, i asked him several questions about what to watch for or expect during healing...he barely answered me and treated me as if i were stupid. His front desk assistant is nice though. I was given no receipts upon drop off or pick up of my pet, no receipt of payment....nothing! He did not request that I come in for a followup post-surgical check up, didn't even so much as offer me the courtesy to call back in if i felt there were any problems or warnings. I do not recommend this vet to anyone, regardless of the cheaper prices. you get the service you pay for in my opinion. Had i known it was to be like this, i would have went elsewhere to treat my pet.
We took our dog in for weight loss and trouble with his back legs. We were told he had hip displacement and needed blood work for the weight loss. He then gave him a shot and meds. Told us nothing about them or what they were for. Also drew blood and told us to come back in a week. We came back and he had no idea what the case was on our dog. Then the labs said low thyroid so he treated him for that. I called back because nothing was changing he said to bring him back in. I did and he again gave him meds without discussing anything. Then drew blood without telling me anything. When I called back for results they said everything looks good. I asked what is wrong with my dog? I was told yet again we need to do more blood work!!! So my dog collapsed at night we took him to the ER and it took them a matter of minutes to figure out what was wrong with him. He had cancer mass on his back. That is what was causing his problems walking. My dog died the next day!! This doctor should be shut down! He does not have good bedside manners as well. Please take your dog somewhere else if there is a problem!!
Dr. Arnold has been my vet for over five years now and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He takes the time to examine my cats carefully and allays all fears with great, and understandable explanations. Excellent Vet!
I have been going to doc Arnold for years and have had awesome service. I care more for pets than I do humans! Jt n
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.