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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Wonderful, loving, kind and generous vet! I am really pleased to have Dr. Ronald as my rabbits vet. He also suggested alternative ways of treatments that might help my pet. Thanks a lot.
I was very impressed with my first experience at St Bethlehem Animal Clinic. They have one of the best veterinarians who took their time with me and my rabbit. Thank you for taking good care of my pet.
I’ve always heard that some clinics are “super caring” etc. In Clarksville, I’ve had some issues with finding a clinic with a doctor that truly cared about my dog. He has severe anxiety and fights back if a vet even looks at him, so I often ran into vets that didn’t want to work with him or, in one case, made him even worse. Not only did the receptionist immediately make me an appointment even though they’d never seen him before, in the very first visit Dr. McClosky (I hope I spelled that correctly) and the tech, Miranda, did more for my Wally than his original vet, at another clinic, has in three years. I regret not switching to them earlier. Dr. McClosky and Miranda stayed after closing to work with my little dog and began to fix all of his problems he had going on. They were so kind and never made me feel like I was stupid, that my concerns were invalid, or that Wally was a burden, which I’ve experienced numerous times at his other vet. They took the time to see him and work with him and help him. I am so impressed with them and their kindness not only to Wally, but also to my husband and I. It was such a relief to not feel like I was being judged or dismissed. They went way above and beyond what they needed to for Wally. I’ll be forever grateful to them. I just wish I could find a better way to thank them. If you’re on the fence about Animal House or if you’re in town looking for a new vet, this is the best choice. It’s very apparent that Animal House holds themselves to a very high standard of care that they not only meet, but exceed.
Last week my new cat wasn’t feeling well, so I took her to St Bethlehem Animal Clinic. After running some tests it was clear that it was an acute intestinal infection. From the front desk to the doctors, everyone there was great. Thank you so much.
I don’t usually write reviews, but after taking the services of Dr Ronald Whitford, I feel he deserves a review. What to say, he is incredibly thorough and knowledgeable…I will never take my pets anywhere else…5/5.
Dr. Ronald Whitford and his entire staff at St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic are amazing…I took my puppy to this clinic because he was limping…They took great care of my pet and diagnosed the problem quickly…definitely recommended.
The entire staff at St Bethlehem Animal Clinic goes beyond to give the best healthcare facilities to the pets. Especially Dr. Ronald Whitford he is one of the best vet I have ever seen…He is very friendly and did a thorough examination of my dog. Thanks …
Super Vet clinic-they care about you and your pets!!!!!! The Doctors, clinic technicians, and office staff are professional, caring and will go out of their way to assist yours and yours pets needs!!!!!!!!
last month my dog was unwell..initially I thought it was fever but when I saw him shaking, I decided to immediately schedule an appointment with dr ronald whitford...after examining my dog he performed some tests and found that the rbc count was low...after 2 weeks of treatment, my pet is feeling well...Thank you so much for the great services.
last week was very tough for my dog but thanks to Dr. Ronald Whitford, he was in a stable condition within a few hours...i can’t thank him enough for being so generous and kind..i am very grateful to him...highly recommended..
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.