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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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.
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!!
Sarah Stephenson, owner of Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital is one of the best vets in the valley. I have used her services for 30 years and still do. She loves animals and even has rescues at her home being taken care of. I highly recommend her and her staff.I understand some of these reviews are from people who have never actually been to the vet but are spouting off hatred based upon one very unfortunate situation. Please do not let the hatred ruin the reputation of a truly awesome group of people who work hard day in and day out to provide the best care for your animals.
The staff at Good Shepherd is first class from the moment you enter the door and as you leave. They truly offer exceptional care 24/7
We've trusted Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital and taken our animals there for years. We've spent thousands of dollars there. Only recently did we change to a smaller vet because we could no longer afford their outrageous prices. We just took a dog that we took in from a bad situation to get neutered, and they called and told us that they could not proceed with the neuter without performing an EKG, at a minimum, which cost $300. We went to pick him up this evening and asked to speak to the vet about the condition to understand what was going on, what treatment options we had, and we could do to improve it. The new young male veterinarian refused to speak with us about the condition whatsoever saying we had to have this test done before they would even speak to us. At this point, I was in disbelief at this obvious deflection, so we asked to pay and leave. It was then that we were told it would be $118. Keep in mind that the only service we requested that was actually performed was that we were given a dewormer. The blood work was not requested or authorized. Though I understand why it was done, we should have been informed that a $95 procedure was going to be performed on our pet. Even though it was unexpected, I still would have been ok with paying for it if someone would have just discussed the results with me instead of brushing me off unless I paid for more tests. We didn't want something for free, we wanted someone to inform us about what was going on with our new pet, and set up a schedule for rechecks, etc. since the issue could very well improve.The customer service has degraded at this establishment, meanwhile the prices have gone through the roof. I would give the Good Shepherd from 2-3 years ago a 5 star review. This is in no way the same establishment it used to be. Now they're money-hungry and provide poor customer service. We will not be back.
My six pets have been patients at Good Shepherd for over 10 years and they have always received excellent care from all of the staff. Dr. Sarah and her staff are willing to anything to care for and accommodate me and my pets. I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else.
Those that say that Good Shepherd is all about money and doesn't care about the animals are dead wrong. They care deeply about animals and want what is best for your pet. I have been going to them for 10 years and could not ask for better service and care for my animals. The compassion I have been shown by the doctors and staff makes me want to cry at times.
I have an older dog- diabetic, arthritic and had major surgery for a compound fracture of the back leg- a couple of years ago(surgery was performed at Cross Lanes Vet- and they are a 5-star performer as well) but GS has provided all of the after care and chronic care for this dog and my other animals. They have been WONDERFUL. The care, education, alternative suggestions for care have been provided by a knowledgeable, caring staff. I would be remiss to not also applaud the front desk help- super compassionate folks.
Amazing group of people that love the animals. We are always welcome with happy faces and much love.
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.