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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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I am thouroughly unimpressed. Dr. John Ober, while he may be intelligent and immensely qualified in the science and anatomy of animals, he has absolutely no tolerance for people or their pets. I have been to him 3 times now and will never go back. First off, yes, his office is in an historic building. However the "parking lot" is an unpaved, unplowed ice skating rink. Not safe or maintained. The grounds around are unkept and littered with abandoned lawn equipment, garbage, and vacuum debris, as if he dumps his vacuum canister right in his own yard. Next, his office wreaked of urine, not just "pet smells", old urine. Very intense ammonia scent. It burned my throat and nostrils. Unsanitary. I waited outside. In our 3 regular, non emergency appointments he has been late twice, has never greeted me or my dog, or introduced himself to me or especially, my dog. I find this alarming, as he is the only person my dog has behaved uncomfortablly around. He flies through the appointment and when you begin to ask questions he becomes agitated. At our appointment today he did not weigh my dog because she would not get on the scale and I couldn't lift her. He did not attempt to put her on the scale himself. Now i have no idea what she weighs, which means i have no heartworm meds for her. He also did not check her ears, eyes or teeth. He made me hold her to give her shots. Every appointment was 10mins tops, all 3 times. Twice I didn't even know the appointment was over, he just left the room and when He came back He had his next patient. Overall, I am incredibly unimpressed. He may be a smart person, but my opinion is he belongs in research, not as a community vet.
I have been a volunteer here for 2 years now and I have to say Dr. John Ober is very thorough and does amazing work. I couldn’t ask for a better vet to learn from. We were originally taking our pets to the Owego clinic and found that not only was the candor office much closer he also took more time to make sure you were comfortable with what would be done. He has saved my own cats life when he had a urinary tract infection. In the past year before we took him to candor he had had 3 infections and each time the Owego vet did the same thing but Dr. John treated him and ran other test to be sure there was no underlining cause. That was 2 years ago and he has not had any other problems since. His prices are much lower than other places and he isn’t afraid to tell you he is unable to perform a procedure, he will refer you to the best place he knows to help your animal. I have seen him do some remarkable things I will use him as a vet as long as I live in Candor and think that he is a very good vet to learn from. He may not have all the new shiny equipment but his equipment works very well and serves its exact purpose every time it’s used
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.