Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
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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They saved my dog! Everyone was welcoming, patient and explained all options. I felt both me and my dog were well taken care of. Thank you!
Our Lab has visited the Specialty Center on many occasions. They have always been professional, knowledgeable and we always knew Jake was in good hands. Would recommend them to others.
Dr Bridges is a very kind man. He took the time to help me when I needed it most. He explained everything and helped me keep my costs to a minimum. His prices are awesome and he is very knowledgeable. I plan on using him again.
Took my cat in within an hour of calling and got great advice and service. I will go back.
This was by far the WORST, and most unprofessional experience I have had at ANY business in the Rogue Valley, not just a vet's office. I had scheduled an appointment at 8:30 AM for my dog to be treated for a potential bladder infection and to have her teeth cleaned. I was told that I would be called to pick her by 3 PM. I did not receive a phone call from the office. I called myself at 3 PM and was informed that my dog was JUST being seen... 6 hours later than her scheduled appointment. When I expressed my concern to the receptionist about my dog's appointment being pushed back so late, which left her without water for upwards of 17 hours as a result of fasting for anesthesia, she informed me that they had 2 other larger dogs come in that apparently took precedence over my dog and her well-being. I scheduled this appointment less than 24 hours before.Throughout the day I was NEVER informed that my dog was not going to be seen at her scheduled appointment time. I am not a vet, but I do know that if there is a possibility that an animal has a bladder infection, denying them water is not a very humane or wise thing to do. I do not trust anyone at this vet clinic and will not trust the health and welfare of my beloved animal in such unprofessional hands. In addition to poor communication, the vet tech's do not seem to have much knowledge of animals or any customer service skills that I could see. I felt like my dog and I were just a number to this establishment. There was NO CONSIDERATION for me and my concerns or more importantly, my dogs health.
Very compassionate and very reasonably priceed. It's unfortunate the other reviewer had such a terrible experience. We can not say enough good things! Our cat was terminally ill. They never pushed to have us put him down. They left all decisions to us, were upfront about care and cost, called us to check up on our cat between visits and accommodated our need for quick appointments. We much appreciated the sympathy card they sent in the mail after we had to put our cat down.
HUGE RIP OFF!!!!!!! LET OUR SEVERELY ILL CAT WAIT FOR 2 HOURS & THEN QUOTED US ONE PRICE & THEN FORCED US TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $500 FROM WHAT THEY CALLED AN ERRONEOUS QUOTE. WE NEVER MISUNDERSTOOD ANYTHING. THEY LIED & NEVER INFORMED US THE PRICE WAS GOING TO EXCEED THE QUOTED DEPOSIT THEY FORCED US TO PAY. THEY NEVER WERE ABLE TO DIAGNOSE OUR CAT'S PROBLEM. TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY THEY SUGGESTED WE TAKE OUR CAT TO PORTLAND FOR A $1500 MRI BECAUSE $1300 LATER THEY STILL COULDN'T DIAGNOSE IT. NEVER GO THERE!!! GO TO ALL CREATURES IN EAGLE POINT. THEY ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT ANIMALS & CHARGE REASONABLY.
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.