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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
I bring both my dogs here. The staff are always so nice and helpful. I really like the way they and Doc really care about both of my pets. They feel like family. I always recommend them to all of my friends.
Best spay/neuter vets in town! They have so much experience due to the volume of cats and dogs that they see, there are no other vets in town that can do a better job than UCAN! I take all of our neighborhood cat strays there, and have had several dogs spayed/neutered as well. The incision is almost invisible and the recovery period was very short. They even offered free microchipping the last time I took my dog there. Discount pricing does not mean discount service. The staff was wonderful, and very patient with the last little diva that I took there. You can't go wrong with UCAN. I so appreciate them!
This was by far my favorite vet, even though they were the most expensive. My dog was attacked and nearly died. When the antibiotics were not working I tried to make an appointment and they couldn't fit me in, so I made an appointment at a closer vet that could see her that day. So about a month later I make an appointment for my dog with the only vet she has had her whole life, five days later, the day before the appointment I get a call from the office manager saying that we are "not a good fit" and I can't bring my dog there. My previous dog's life ended there, my current dog has been there since she was a puppy. Half of the office staff know my dog's name when I come in. This was literally the only negative thing that has ever happened and they just threw me out.
Its all about the MONEYTook my dog in for a cut on her foot on a Friday night paid 350.00 for a bandage and a couple of pills was told it should be OK, bandage fell off the next day I re-bandaged her myself.The following Monday we took her to our vet she got 5 stitches and went back for 3 visits,and it cost about half of what they charged.
I have taken several of my dogs there to see the specialists. I have been treated with the upmost respect and honesty. I have had a doctor tell me when test were not necessary and when they were. They recently saved my dogs life. The surgeon was phenomenal and her internal medicine specialist is the best ever. I feel blessed and lucky to have these wonderful people helping my fur babies and myself.
I don't usually don't write reviews but I felt that this was important for people to hear. I encountered a situation where I and my dog of 15 wonderful years came to a road block that involved his quality of life and my ability to tolerate his declining health in spite of my efforts to keep him as comfortable as I could. I worked with Dr. Wright and Dr. Cable regularly trying to come to grips with the reality of my beloved guy's situation. Ultimately, in the best interest of my sweet Drew, I decided to have a humane euthanasia performed as I knew we were fighting a losing battle. I have never felt so understood and empathized with as I did working with Dr. Cable. She spent far more time and energy with me than I know she had and listened to my probably senseless rambling and tears. She treated me like a client with a loved pet, but more importantly she heard my words like a friend. I not only commend her and her staff on their compassion, professionalism, and their genuine love for animals (and their owners) but I wanted to extend a heartfelt and public thank you. The loss of my baby was devastating to me but Dr. Cable held my hand through the process and for her I have the utmost respect and gratitude. You and your staff are the genuine angels in the world and I hope to someday come back with a new furry friend. Thank you all so very much!
You declaw cats? Front and back paws? That is barbaric! Here is what The Paw Project has to say about declawing. MANY OWNERS GIVE UP THEIR DECLAWED CATS......Reported medical complications after a declaw can include: pain, hemorrhage, laceration of paw pads, swelling, reluctance to bear weight on affected limb, neuropraxia (transient motor paralysis), radial nerve damage, lameness, infection, abscess, tissue necrosis, wound dehiscence, incomplete healing, protrusion of 2nd (middle toe bone) phalanx, claw regrowth, scurs (growth of deformed claw segments), retention of flexor process of third phalanx, chronic draining tracts, self-mutilation, dermatitis, lethargy, palmigrade stance (walking on wrists), chronic intermittent lameness, chronic pain syndrome, flexor tendon contracture, and cystitis (stress-associated bladder inflammation). WATCH THE PAW PROJECT DOCUMENTARY DO NOT DECLAW YOUR CAT, YOU WILL BE SORRY, AND YOUR CAT WILL SUFFER, IF NOT TODAY, THEN LATER.
Dr Polasky is not only an outstanding veterinarian; he is very compassionate and takes the time to get to know his patients (and their human families). It makes all the difference in the world. He has overseen the care of two of our family's pets (for over 20 years, collectively), and we wouldn't want to go anywhere else! Thank you, Lewis Animal Hospital!
I've had both good and bad experiences with MedVet. Unfortunately it seemed to depend on which vet was taking care of my pet. While two of the vets were very caring, competent and honest one of the vets wasn't honest with me and I spent a lot of money on a pet that never got well. He performed numerous tests which I wouldn't have had done had I known my pet's prognosis. Be sure to ask questions about the big picture - don't put your pet through unnecessary stress and pain if you don't know the chances of survival.
Beware, high charges and miss diagnosis of dogs problem. Brought my dog to them for a year and a half and they kept selling me vitamins and prescribing antibiotics when my dog had severe mange.; Insisted on telling us the dog had liver failure and that it couldn't be mange, thousands of dollars later, and I had dog tested at dermatologist.
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.