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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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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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As her foster mom, I had this poor old dog to four other vets to find a way to help alleviate her pain. The first one did some spendy testing and then said they couldn't (wouldn't?) help; was charged a consult fee as well. I took the x-ray films and test results that I bought at the first vet to visit the second vet and they simply said they couldn't help; was charged a consult fee. The third vet said they would help at the tune of a whopping $3,300; was charged a hefty consult fee. The fourth vet said they couldn't help because they didn't have the proper surgical equipment; no charge for the consult and referred me to Oasis Animal Hospital. At Oasis, I was totally informed on the whats and whys, was told they could and would do the surgery, an additional blood draw was done to check the oxygen levels in her blood. Dr. Knott called me personally with that test result. She told me in a most caring way that it was her opinion that my dog would not survive the surgery. Without rushing me during the phone call, we discussed the dog's options and jointly decided on the best way to alleviate her pain without surgery. My dog has been on two types of daily medicine for a couple of weeks now and she is clearly feeling tremendously better. She is an old dog and her life span is reaching the end. She is now being made as comfortable as possible for whatever time she has left. I appreciate the kind, honest and non-money driven approach provided at Oasis. This is now going to be my go-to clinic for my own dogs.
They love their jobs! I have had a wonderful experience at Oasis Animal Hospital. I have four dogs of various breeds and sizes. Everyone at Oasis has always been welcoming and friendly. Even my girl Macey, who is very vet nervous seems to be warming up to the techs and doctors (well, a little less barking, anyway,). I also appreciate that they send out coupons, give my senior dog a 10% discount, and accept CARE Credit. I definitely recommend Oasis for all vet needs.
I basically trust these guys with everything I've got. They truly genuinely care about my dogs and they don't beat around the bush but they tell it like it is- if they don't know something (which is rare) they will be honest, and find out the answer, or direct you to the best possible place to receive the care. Dr. Brandt in particular is our veterinarian, and she genuinely knows what she's doing and has been there for our dogs for the past 5 years. I just had my dog spayed by Dr. Brandt yesterday, and I literally can barely see an incision mark (and it's only been one day). It's either my dog is a miracle dog, or the work she did was fantastic... probably the latter. Bottom line is, whatever these guys do, they do it well and they truly are the best of the best.
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.