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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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We took our dog there for about two years, and we originally liked the staff, but that changed after our dog had to undergo surgery. Dr. Sexton said she was comfortable with the surgery and that she had done numerous amputations. It was recommended we have the surgery on a Monday so we could call and get help for the remainder of the week if needed during the first week of recovery. Four days later, around 1:00 PM on Friday, I called the office stating our dog's tail was oozing some fluid and I was concerned and wanted to have the amputated area looked at for infection. I was told no one was available to see us because Dr. Sexton was out of the office for the day, so no one could look at my dog's oozing tail. They recommended we wait until morning. We did go in Saturday morning, but neither Dr. Sexton nor a vet tech spoke with us. An office person took our dog back to be "examined," and 5 minutes later a different office person brought our dog back to us. She handed us 2 more antibiotics, charged us over $100, and said the oozing (and at this point it started dropping fluid from her tail) was normal after surgery. Normal?!? That's insane! Not 24 hours later, on Sunday morning, the very end of our dog's amputated tail fell off because the tissue had died from lack of blood flow. We had to take her to an emergency clinic for an emergency re-amputation. When I informed Dr. Sexton's office that I was cancelling our follow-up appointment I told the receptionist why, and she said Dr. Sexton would definitely be in touch with us. Not only did Dr. Sexton NEVER call us, but we had to email multiple times requesting our dog's records before we even got a response. In the response, there was a very lame apology about our dog having to go through a second emergency amputation, but there was NEVER any apology about the lack of care that was provided or about the thousands of dollars we had to pay due to an emergency reamputation. VERY disappointed in Dr. Sexton's professionalism.
Dr Ashley did not listen to the information I gave him about my dog. He ran unnecessary tests for things she had been vaccinated for already. When he could not find a diagnosis he told me "she will start to go down fast"!! The next day she passed a rock & immediately started recovering. I will never recommend this veterinary clinic to anyone!!
Doctor Ashley, is the best Vet out there! People who say otherwise, must not have actually been in that office! He's saved multiple cats of ours.
this vet did a great job with my cat. it will not be my permanent vet for all my pets. The doc is very professional and kind to the animals and obviously has a big heart for them!
They saved my 11 y/o mastiff's life with an emergency surgery when my regular vet said that they, "couldn't get her in until next week." Needless to say, they are now my regular vet. If they did not operate immediately, my baby would have died. I highly recommend All Animal Care. The vet is knowledgeable and the staff was wonderful.
Dr. Ashley is rude and is rough with the animals. My dog never makes a noise when he has shots. But he jumped and whined when Dr. Ashley jabbed him with the needle and now he will not let you touch him near the injection site. Dr. Ashley didn't fully look at my dog. Just looked at his leg and said "yeah fleas, I'll give him a shot". Said he would stop itching by dinner time. Well he didn't. Two days later I took him back to be groomed. When I dropped him off I said that I wanted a summer cut and I wanted him cut as close as possible. When I picked him up I noticed he was barely trimmed. His bangs where still gapped up from where I cut them out of his eyes. When I asked for a discount because that wasn't a summer cut, I was told not to bring him back. I was also told that my dog was sedated while being groomed. He was not because he was hyper when I picked him up. Every time he has been sedated he is groggy til the next day or two
My dog Neno got a blockage and Doc Ashley worked his magic. he is the only Vet for my dogs
Dr. Ashley and his staff are terrific with my pets!!! They are always helpful. The Dr. takes his time with our animals and is always helpful with advice about their care. I would recommend this clinic for great animal care. We are very happy here and so are our dogs. Thanks so much!!!!
Dr. Ashley is a Great Vet. He has Helped my Animals Out alot of Times, and Repaired a Multi Fractured Leg on One of My Cats and She is Good as New. I Would Recommend Him, Any Day to Any One. 5 Stars.
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.