Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
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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In all fairness, I have to say that I've used Northgate for several years and for the vet services I give them a 4 - 5 star rating. BUT I recently used their grooming services for my dog for the first time. I was pleased until I caught wind of his smell. He smelled HORRIBLE! Way, way worse than when I took him in. It was a very dirty dog smell. I called them and they said he had been bathed with an oatmeal bath and I could bring him back in for a free bath. They were very nice. I don't have time for another trip to them (I took him in for a 10 am appt. and we didn't get in for nearly 45 min. and I wasn't called to pick him up until after 5 p.m.) as I'm getting ready for vacation. I'll just bathe him myself.
Took my 13 yr old baby here I was told he was a bad diabetic had to put him down. In the state of mind I was in I noticed they had over charged me for service when I questioned it I was told not once but twice to calm down by the Girl at the desk she was not professional she was cold hearted and just wanted the money, I told her don’t tell me to calm down I just had to put my baby down and now she was over charging me . Very cold hearted people they have working there, but I will say the little girl that brought me my baby to take home was very nice and you could tell she cared about what I was going through. Someone needs to get rid of the buck toothed girl at the front desk . If you’re fur baby is really sick take them somewhere else. By the way about me being over charged I did get my refund when another girl took over checking me out . Don’t ever tell me to calm down.
I love you all, you've been a blessing. I was wondering if there's a way I can access my Chi's medical information? Not exactly the records but the shot record and due dates.
took my dog there for a uti that the vet that fixed her told me she had yet they still insisted on doing an exam to tell me the same exact thing and charged for 36.43 for nothing!! then i get the script which is 54.22 for 14 pills!! gives me a refill and i tell them to there face i will never ever come back here again and they have the nerve to not honor my remaining refill because i said i was never coming back there!! you just proved the exact reason why not,you could care less about my dogs health all you want is for me to spend another 54.22 at your place when i can get script filled cheaper for same exact meds....!!so if you care for your pets dont ever ever go here cause they dont give not 1 fuck about you or your animal...i called dr emily brown the dr who wrote the script then refused to honor it for the girl to tell me emily said go somewhere else because im not going to honor it....wow!! what a true professional..!!
Took my very very sick very very scared puppy there, and begged for help. They looked at him and said "he needs an X-ray" "he needs another X-ray" and once I DRAINED my bank account to pay for tests THEY suggested they said "well since you can't afford for any medicine or any other tests we can't help you anymore" so heartbroken I took my sick puppy home and he died in my arms without even a pain pill. He died screaming and seizing. I wish every dog owner a better experience than what I had. He'd probably still be alive if I hadn't been turned away after spend all my money on tests they suggested.
Dr. Metz is the best! Always so caring and kind to my dogs and very knowledgeable about their health issues, and she takes my questions and concerns seriously.
Although I regularly take my adopted dog for shots, sentinel, etc, every time I go they expect for me to pay $475 to have my dog's teeth cleaned & feel shamed cause I can't afford it. This is why more people don't adopt animals from the shelter. This office acts like only wealthy people should be allowed to own pets. If I had $475 to have my dog's teeth cleaned, I'd use it for my own dental care!! I'm sick and tired of feeling shamed every time I go for this reason. I treat me dog better than a lot of people treat their children. I'm not going back to this vet's office; I'm going to find some place else to take my dog to for shots, etc., where you don't have to be wealthy to have good healthcare for your pet!!
I seen Dr Koressel a relief vet and She is super nice and very professional . She took the time to explain everything to me and gave me several options for treatment for my cat Susie . She answered all my questions .
Please do not waste your time reading the bad reviews. Some of these people has never been there . They were asked to write , I know I read it with my own eyes on fb ...,( How or why would people make a bad comment on someone they have never laid there eyes on . Dr. Sara Stephenson to us she is the best , friendly, caring and so is her staff. If it wasn't for Dr. Stephenson our Mary Katherine would bot be here with us today , Mary Katherine came in this world fighting to live, and we call Dr. Sara Stephenson ( Dr. Sara ) she caught something right away when she was just a baby, that another Vet accidentally looked over . And too Mary Katherine has severe allergies, Dr. Sara worked with and infection control doctor, and Med Vet in Ohio , no one has ever seen some of the testing came back and they all work together it took them close to two years to make her life completely enjoyable . Mary Katherine was a regular visitor, but you know Dr. Sara spent nights awake thinking about want could be done , and on the phone with another doctor from Med Vet , I tell you she saved our baby , to us our fur babies are our babies ... If you are looking for a caring , loving Dr.our opinion this is the place to go . Danny , Kathy , Mary Katherine Connard
My national winning show dogs have been patients of Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital since the beginning of this vet practice. I have had nothing but excellent care from all the professional staff. Please do not let one unfortune accident taint your opinion of this wonderful caring group of professionals. They have always gone above and beyond to take care of their patients. I can state multiple times when I have needed them when the clinic has been closed for emergency situations and they have been there for me!!! When I retire from my present health care position I will be asking to work there!!
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.